lech·​er·​ous ˈle-chə-rəs How to pronounce lecherous (audio)
: given to or suggestive of lechery
a lecherous lawyer hitting on his son's girlfriendDick Friedman & Mike Lipton
lecherously adverb
lecherousness noun

Examples of lecherous in a Sentence

most of the male patrons at the bar appeared to be lecherous conventioneers looking for some action
Recent Examples on the Web Blind people were popularly depicted as lecherous, duplicitous, and drunk. Andrew Leland, The New Yorker, 8 July 2023 The next most famous is Sir Les Patterson, an ever-drunk, disheveled and lecherous Australian cultural attache. Rod McGuirk, al, 23 Apr. 2023 This one features two warring siblings, a lecherous uncle, an ex-mistress, and members of the household who are very conspicuous by their absence. Carole Sovocool, Robb Report, 21 Apr. 2023 The novel begins with a subplot: A woman running a boardinghouse in the postbellum U.S. South describes, in a letter to her sister, her efforts to manage a handsome, lecherous boarder. Maggie Doherty, The New Republic, 16 June 2023 Jess Braddock is frustrated living in the Everglades with her baby, ex-boyfriend — an aspiring reality star whose idea of acting is whipping off his shirt — and his lecherous friend. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, 25 May 2023 Prankster Picasso, heartsick Picasso, lecherous Picasso. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2023 Its wordplays and witticisms are all definitions—hence the name—from Briexit (leaving before the cheese course) and Camembore (should’ve left before the cheese course) to NSIT (the lecherous man, renowned as not safe in taxis) and Bone of Contention (shagging a distant cousin). Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 6 May 2021 Sancho Panza is too often lecherous and gluttonous; Isaac Akiba was a cheerful young monk with a healthy appetite and an innocent eye for the ladies. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lecherous was in the 14th century

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“Lecherous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lecherous. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

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