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lech

[lech] /lɛtʃ/
noun, verb (used without object)
1.

letch

or lech

[lech] /lɛtʃ/ Slang.
noun
1.
a lecherous desire or craving.
2.
a lecher.
3.
any strong desire or liking.
verb (used without object)
4.
to behave like a lecher (often followed by for or after).
Origin of letch
1790-1800
1790-1800; probably back formation from lecher
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Examples from the Web for lech
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  • Nearly all the enemy were slaughtered or drowned in the river lech.

    A History of Germany Bayard Taylor
  • The Elector, watching all this from just beyond the lech, was in despair.

    The Battle of Blenheim Hilaire Belloc
  • Gustavus had crossed the Danube, and his troops overspread the country between that river and the river lech.

    The Pictorial Press Mason Jackson
  • At any moment some regiments from the lech may be marching forward to join the king.

  • On the 14th the Swedes found the passage of the lech guarded by Tilly.

    The Thirty Years' War Samuel Rawson Gardiner
  • Tilly, advised by Maximilian, came to a stand on the banks of the lech, which forms one of the frontiers of Bavaria.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
British Dictionary definitions for lech

lech

/lɛtʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) usually foll by after. to behave lecherously (towards); lust (after)
noun
2.
a lecherous act or indulgence
Word Origin
C19: back formation from lecher

Lech

/lɛk; German lɛç/
noun
1.
a river in central Europe, rising in SW Austria and flowing generally north through S Germany to the River Danube. Length: 285 km (177 miles)

letch

/lɛtʃ/
verb, noun
1.
a variant spelling of lech
Word Origin
C18: perhaps back formation from lecher
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Word Origin and History for lech
n.

"Celtic monumental stone," 1768, from Welsh llech, cognate with Gaelic and Irish leac (see cromlech).

"yen, strong desire" (especially sexual), 1796, variant of letch. Meaning "a lecher" is by 1943.

letch

n.

"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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Slang definitions & phrases for lech

lech

noun

  1. Strong desire, esp sexual; lust; the HOTS: his lech for cam shafts and turbines/ He had a lech for his fifteen-year-old daughter (1796+)
  2. A lecher: under the illusion that the lech is as enamored as she is/ who also appears as a good-natured lech (1943+)

verb

: when Henry goes letching after Anne/ keep Junior from leching (1911+)

[fr lecher, lechery, ultimately fr the notion of licking]

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