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lecherous

[lech-er-uh s]
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adjective
  1. given to or characterized by lechery; lustful.
  2. erotically suggestive; inciting to lust: lecherous photographs.
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Origin of lecherous

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English word from Middle French word lechereus. See lecher, -ous
Related formslech·er·ous·ly, adverblech·er·ous·ness, nounun·lech·er·ous, adjectiveun·lech·er·ous·ly, adverbun·lech·er·ous·ness, noun
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  • His eyes were hateful as a rattlesnake's; lecherous eyes, debased.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden

  • I have closeted myself with a lecherous animal and it turns on me.

  • The lecherous monster did not release her until he heard her mother returning.

    City Crimes

    Greenhorn

  • They were like fed horses in the morning—lecherous and unruly.

  • Do I address the lecherous, or the oppressive, or the profane?

    Talks To Farmers

    Charles Haddon Spurgeon


British Dictionary definitions for lecherous

lecherous

adjective
  1. characterized by or inciting lechery
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Derived Formslecherously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lecherous

adj.

c.1300, probably from lecher + -ous; or else from rare Old French lecheros. Related: Lecherously; lecherousness.

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