verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- lee, sir sidney,
- lee, spike,
- lee, tsung-dao,
- leech line,
- leech rope,
Origin of leech1
Origin of leech2
Origin of leech3
Examples from the Web for leech
If neglected, any system can become a host upon which all other systems will leech.
To live with anxiety is to live with a leech that saps you of your energy, confidence, and chutzpah.How to Cure Your Anxiety? Read Henry James’s ‘The Portrait of a Lady,’ Of Course.|Ella Berthoud, Susan Elderkind|September 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
One suspected him to be a leech, but pardoned the motive for the manner.Bohemian Days|Geo. Alfred Townsend
In the "Ingoldsby Legends" Leech found a very congenial field for the exercise of his powers.
Before leaving this repugnant milieu, one may still consider the leech.The Natural Philosophy of Love|Remy de Gourmont
Leech draws them as naturally as Teniers depicts Dutch boors, or Morland pigs and stables.
Leech's line, called "the Western Transportation line," takes both freight and passengers.A New Guide for Emigrants to the West|J. M. Peck
- an archaic word for physician
- (in combination)leechcraft
Word Origin for leech
Word Origin for leech
"bloodsucking aquatic worm," from Old English læce (Kentish lyce), of unknown origin (with a cognate in Middle Dutch lake). Commonly regarded as a transferred use of leech (n.2), but the Old English forms suggest a distinct word, which has been assimilated to leech (n.2) by folk etymology [see OED]. Figuratively applied to human parasites since 1784.
obsolete for "physician," from Old English læce, probably from Old Danish læke, from Proto-Germanic *lekjaz "enchanter, one who speaks magic words; healer, physician" (cf. Old Frisian letza, Old Saxon laki, Old Norse læknir, Old High German lahhi, Gothic lekeis "physician"), literally "one who counsels," perhaps connected with a root found in Celtic (cf. Irish liaig "charmer, exorcist, physician") and Slavic (cf. Serbo-Croatian lijekar, Polish lekarz), from PIE *lep-agi "conjurer," from root *leg- "to collect," with derivatives meaning "to speak" (see lecture (n.)).
For sense development, cf. Old Church Slavonic baliji "doctor," originally "conjurer," related to Serbo-Croatian bajati "enchant, conjure;" Old Church Slavonic vrači, Russian vrač "doctor," related to Serbo-Croatian vrač "sorcerer, fortune-teller." The form merged with leech (n.1) in Middle English, apparently by folk etymology. In 17c., leech usually was applied only to veterinary practitioners. The fourth finger of the hand, in Old English, was læcfinger, translating Latin digitus medicus, Greek daktylus iatrikos, supposedly because a vein from that finger stretches straight to the heart.