noun Etymology: back-formation from letcher, alteration of lecher Date: 1757 1. craving; specifically sexual desire 2. [by shortening & alteration] lecher

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  • Letch — Letch, n. [See {Lech}, {Lecher}.] 1. Strong desire; passion; especially, lust. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Some people have a letch for unmasking impostors, or for avenging the wrongs of others. De Quincey. [1913 Webster] 2. A {lecher}. [slang]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Letch — (l[e^]ch), v. & n. See {Leach}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • letch — [letʃ] a ↑lech …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • letch — (n.) craving, longing, 1796, perhaps a back formation from LECHER (Cf. lecher), or from a figurative use of LATCH (Cf. latch) (v.) in a secondary sense of grasp, grasp on to …   Etymology dictionary

  • letch — [lech] vi., n. LECH …   English World dictionary

  • letch — noun a) Someone with an overly strong sexual desire b) A stream or pool in boggy land from loec later lache , variant letch for example Sandys Letch located east of Annitsford in Northumberland …   Wiktionary

  • letch — Leach Leach, n. [Written also {letch}.] [Cf. As. le[ a]h lye, G. lauge. See {Lye}.] 1. A quantity of wood ashes, through which water passes, and thus imbibes the alkali. [1913 Webster] 2. A tub or vat for leaching ashes, bark, etc. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • letch — Lecher Lech er, n. [OE. lechur, lechour, OF. lecheor, lecheur, gormand, glutton, libertine, parasite, fr. lechier to lick, F. l[ e]cher; of Teutonic origin. See {Lick}.] A man given to lewdness; one addicted, in an excessive degree, to the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Letch — Recorded in the spellings of Leach, Leech, Leitch, Leachman, Letch, Letcher or Litcher, this is an English surname. It was originally given either as a metonymic occupational name, or perhaps as a topographical name. Both origins are Olde English …   Surnames reference

  • letch — noun (C) BrE informal a lecher 2 letch verb lech after/over sb phrasal verb (T) BrE informal to show sexual desire for a woman in a way that is unpleasant or annoying: a middle aged man leching after young girls …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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