adjective Archaic.


or liq·uor·ish


adjective Archaic.

fond of and eager for choice food.
greedy; longing.
lustful; lecherous.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liquorish



a variant spelling of lickerish
British a variant of liquorice
Derived Formsliquorishly, adverbliquorishness, noun



adjective archaic

lecherous or lustful
greedy; gluttonous
appetizing or tempting
Derived Formslickerishly or liquorishly, adverblickerishness or liquorishness, noun

Word Origin for lickerish

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



"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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