- a lecherous desire or craving.
- a lecher.
- any strong desire or liking.
- to behave like a lecher (often followed by for or after).
Origin of letch
First recorded in 1790–1800; probably back formation from lecher
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- 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)
- a variant spelling of lech
Word Origin for letch
C18: perhaps back formation from lecher
- (intr usually foll by after) to behave lecherously (towards); lust (after)
- a lecherous act or indulgence
Word Origin for lech
C19: back formation from lecher
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"Celtic monumental stone," 1768, from Welsh llech, cognate with Gaelic and Irish leac (see cromlech).
"yen, strong desire" (especially sexual), 1796, variant of letch. Meaning "a lecher" is by 1943.
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