[ lech-er-uh s ]
/ ˈlɛtʃ ər əs /


given to or characterized by lechery; lustful.
erotically suggestive; inciting to lust: lecherous photographs.

Origin of lecherous

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English word from Middle French word lechereus. See lecher, -ous
Related forms
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Examples from the Web for lecherously

  • The nervous little man appraised her lecherously, she thought.

    Voyage To Eternity|Milton Lesser

British Dictionary definitions for lecherously


/ (ˈlɛtʃərəs) /


characterized by or inciting lechery
Derived Formslecherously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for lecherously



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

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