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lech

[lech]
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noun, verb (used without object)
  1. letch.
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letch

or lech

[lech]Slang.
noun
  1. a lecherous desire or craving.
  2. a lecher.
  3. any strong desire or liking.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to behave like a lecher (often followed by for or after).
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Origin of letch

First recorded in 1790–1800; probably back formation from lecher
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British Dictionary definitions for leching

Lech

noun
  1. a river in central Europe, rising in SW Austria and flowing generally north through S Germany to the River Danube. Length: 285 km (177 miles)
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letch

verb, noun
  1. a variant spelling of lech
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Word Origin

C18: perhaps back formation from lecher

lech

letch

informal
verb
  1. (intr usually foll by after) to behave lecherously (towards); lust (after)
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noun
  1. a lecherous act or indulgence
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Word Origin

C19: back formation from lecher
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Word Origin and History for leching

lech

n.1

"Celtic monumental stone," 1768, from Welsh llech, cognate with Gaelic and Irish leac (see cromlech).

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lech

n.2

"yen, strong desire" (especially sexual), 1796, variant of letch. Meaning "a lecher" is by 1943.

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letch

n.

"craving, longing," 1796, perhaps a back-formation from lecher, or from a figurative use of latch (v.) in a secondary sense of "grasp, grasp on to."

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