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adjective Archaic.
  1. lickerish.
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or liq·uor·ish

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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Examples from the Web for liquorish

Historical Examples of liquorish

  • Is it because a liquorish palate, or a sweet-tooth, as they call it, is not consistent with the sanctity of his character?

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)

    Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange

  • A liquorish sentimentality is the ever-threatening rock upon which the bark of young American novelists goes to pieces.


    James Huneker

  • Many and great are the injuries of which some men are guilty towards others, for the sake of gratifying some liquorish appetite.

  • It is not permitted to ferment more than half a day, because it would not be so liquorish.

  • It's too faint for 'bacca-leaves, and it ain't sweet enough for liquorish.

British Dictionary definitions for liquorish


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



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 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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