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or liq·uor·ish

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adjective Archaic.
  1. fond of and eager for choice food.
  2. greedy; longing.
  3. lustful; lecherous.
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Origin of lickerish

1300–50; Middle English liker(ous) pleasing to the taste, literally, to a licker (see lick, -er1) + -ish1
Related formslick·er·ish·ly, adverblick·er·ish·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Lickerish, lik′ėr-ish, adj. dainty: eager to taste or enjoy: tempting.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)


  • Onc't they wuz tadpoles about as big as lickerish drops, an' after while legs growed on 'em.

    The Old Soldiers Story

    James Whitcomb Riley

British Dictionary definitions for lickerish



adjective archaic
  1. lecherous or lustful
  2. greedy; gluttonous
  3. appetizing or tempting
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Derived Formslickerishly or liquorishly, adverblickerishness or liquorishness, noun

Word Origin

C16: changed from C13 lickerous, via Norman French from Old French lechereus lecherous; see lecher
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Word Origin and History for lickerish


"fond of delicious fare," c.1500, from Middle English likerous "pleasing to the palate" (late 13c.), from Anglo-French *likerous, Old French licherous (see lecherous). Unlike the French word, it generally kept close to its literal sense.

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