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  1. a man given to excessive sexual indulgence; a lascivious or licentious man.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to engage in lechery.
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Origin of lecher

1125–75; Middle English lech(o)ur < Anglo-French; Old French lecheor glutton, libertine, equivalent to lech(ier) to lick (< Germanic; compare Old High German leccōn to lick) + -eor -or2
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Related Words for lecher

Casanova, libertine, debaucher, playboy, rake, lech, philanderer, Romeo, gigolo, reprobate, stud, womanizer, Lothario, swinger, satyr, roue, lady-killer

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Historical Examples of lecher

  • The lecher, does not he steal away the honour of his mistress?

    The Visions of Dom Francisco de Quevedo Villegas

    Dom Francisco de Quevedo

  • Leyr or lecher wite, is the privilege of punishing adultery and fornication.

  • He was a satyr, a lecher; he was a man with a sexual obsession.

    The Eyes Have It

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • A lecher of your practice, and close carriage To be discovered thus?

  • I knew the fellow for years and years, and he was a lecher to the very last.

    The Satyricon, Complete

    Petronius Arbiter

British Dictionary definitions for lecher


  1. a promiscuous or lewd man
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Word Origin for lecher

C12: from Old French lecheor lecher, from lechier to lick, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German leccōn to lick
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Word Origin and History for lecher


"man given to excessive sexual indulgence," late 12c., from Old French lecheor (Modern French lécheur) "one living a life of debauchery," especially "one given to sexual indulgence," literally "licker," agent noun from lechier "to lick, to live in debauchery or gluttony," from Frankish *likkon or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *likkojan "to lick" or some other Germanic source (see lick). The Old French feminine form was lechiere. Middle English, meanwhile, had lickestre "female who licks;" figuratively "a pleasure seeker," literally "lickster."

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