One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A lecher.‘he was not the booze-swilling lech that he appeared to be’
- 1.1 A lecherous urge or desire.‘I think he has a kind of lech for you’
- 1.1 A lecherous urge or desire.
verb[no object]informal, derogatory
Act in a lecherous or lustful manner.‘businessmen leching after bimbos’
- ‘Still, it was nice to be able to wear shorts, without feeling you might be leched at any moment.’
- ‘The key is to be non-chalant about it, and to make sure you don't make her feel leched upon afterwards if she's not into it.’
- ‘There were these and many more vague incidents of flashing, being leched at, commented on… and having strange hands feeling me up in crowded buses.’
- ‘Now I understood how women felt when being leched at by some perverse and dirty old man.’
- ‘He came around to home tutor Sally and gets leched at by Sophie across the kitchen table.’
- ‘That was a construction company and people were always leching after you.’
- ‘But even if you take his actions towards Amanda out of the equation, he's leched over most of the other women too.’
- ‘I hopped into an auto; the driver - for once, somebody who neither haggled nor leched nor insulted - asked me for directions, since he didn't know the way himself.’
- ‘However, if someone enjoys being leched at these recommendations are invalid.’
Late 18th century (denoting a strong desire, particularly sexually): back-formation from lecher.
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