: craving
specifically : sexual desire
[by shortening & alteration] : lecher

Examples of letch in a Sentence

a sudden letch for chocolate they clearly have a letch for each other, but it might not develop into anything more lasting
Recent Examples on the Web Side effects include nausea, dizziness, numbness, dumbness, Dementias, deletions, leeches, letches, hexes, hoaxes, hocus-pocuses, And, if there is justice, spiritual, moral, federal, state, & local charges. Terrance Hayes, The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2019 Men who preyed on younger women were called letches, cradle-robbers, dogs. Jill Ciment, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019 Was White going to break down and admit he’s a letch? David Whitley, OrlandoSentinel.com, 15 Feb. 2018

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Word History


back-formation from letcher, alteration of lecher

First Known Use

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of letch was in 1757

Dictionary Entries Near letch

Cite this Entry

“Letch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/letch. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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