or lech

[ lech ]
/ lɛtʃ /


a lecherous desire or craving.
a lecher.
any strong desire or liking.

verb (used without object)

to behave like a lecher (often followed by for or after).

Nearby words

  1. let's cross that bridge when we come to it,
  2. let-down,
  3. let-out,
  4. let-up,
  5. leta,
  6. letchworth,
  7. letdown,
  8. letha,
  9. lethal,
  10. lethal chamber

Origin of letch

First recorded in 1790–1800; probably back formation from lecher

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British Dictionary definitions for letch


/ (lɛtʃ) /

verb, noun

a variant spelling of lech

Word Origin for letch

C18: perhaps back formation from lecher

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Word Origin and History for letch



"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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