a man given to excessive sexual indulgence; a lascivious or licentious man.
verb (used without object)
to engage in lechery.

1125–75; Middle English lech(o)ur < Anglo-French; Old French lecheor glutton, libertine, equivalent to lech(ier) to lick (< Germanic; compare Old High German leccōn to lick) + -eor -or2

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lecher (ˈlɛtʃə)
a promiscuous or lewd man
[C12: from Old French lecheor lecher, from lechier to lick, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German leccōn to lick]

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Word Origin & History

late 12c., from O.Fr. lecheor "one living a life of debauchery," esp. "one given to sexual indulgence," lit. "licker," agent noun from lechier "to lick, to live in debauchery or gluttony," from Frank. *likkon, from P.Gmc. *likkojan "to lick" (see lick).
"The priests had excellent cause to forbid us lechery: this injunction, by reserving to them acquaintance with and absolution for these private sins, gave them an incredible ascendancy over women, and opened up to them a career of lubricity whose scope knew no limits." [Marquis de Sade]
Related: Lecherous; lecherously; lechery.
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Example sentences
Lecher is disciplined or sacked as a result of only such evidence, he'll sue, and he'll win.
Culture dies only for those who fail to master it, the way morality dies for a lecher.
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