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[lech-er-uh s]
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  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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Historical Examples

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

    Voyage To Eternity

    Milton Lesser

British Dictionary definitions for lecherously


  1. characterized by or inciting lechery
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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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