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letch

[lech] 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 ).
Also, lech.


Origin:
1790–1800; probably back formation from lecher

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letch (lɛtʃ)
 
vb, —n
a variant spelling of lech
 
[C18: perhaps back formation from lecher]

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letch
"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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