lech·​er·​ous | \ ˈle-chə-rəs How to pronounce lecherous (audio) , ˈlech-rəs \

Definition of lecherous

: given to or suggestive of lechery a lecherous lawyer hitting on his son's girlfriend— Dick Friedman & Mike Lipton

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Other Words from lecherous

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 Only a person full of entitlement and lecherous self-interest and devoid of morality preys on others in such a manner. Amanda Carpenter, Time, "Trump's Treatment of Women Was His Original Abuse of Power," 30 Oct. 2019 He is depicted as lecherous but harmless, silly and creepy. New York Times, "The Comedians Challenging Stereotypes About Asian-American Masculinity," 26 Aug. 2019 Under his charge, she's carted to the barracks as a singing reminder of home for lecherous, drunken soldiers who have no interest in her voice. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'The Nightingale' is a disturbingly brutal meditation on revenge from 'Babadook' filmmaker," 21 Aug. 2019 She was initially cleared of the charges of violating the country’s strict anti-pornography laws by distributing the recording in a bid to expose the man’s history of lecherous behavior. Greg Norman, Fox News, "Indonesia woman gets pardon after recording boss’ lewd phone call, says she hopes others 'speak up'," 26 July 2019 Nuril was initially cleared of the charges of violating the country’s strict anti-pornography laws by distributing the recording in a bid to expose the man’s history of lecherous behavior. Fox News, "Indonesia woman faces jail time for recording boss’ lewd phone call, he is promoted," 6 July 2019 The Girl in the Freudian Slip,’’ in 1959, then repurposed the title for his first Broadway play, a comedy about a lecherous psychoanalyst, which ran for three days in 1967. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "William F. Brown, Tony-nominated playwright of ‘The Wiz,’ dies at 91," 27 June 2019 Then the sound of the tires on the gray asphalt, like lecherous whispers in the middle of the night: two o’clock in the morning, in a stream of quiet, powerful, brightly colored cars in which new, free Jews sit two by two, male and female. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 One of those nefarious groups may be a descendant of the lecherous Hellfire Club that Ben Franklin visited in London before the American Revolution. The Washington Post, latimes.com, "Jake Tapper's thrilling, uneven McCarthy-era Washington drama, 'The Hellfire Club'," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of lecherous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lecherous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lecherous?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=l&file=lecher02. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lecherous

disapproving : having or showing an excessive or disgusting interest in sex

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