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Lecherous.‘a barrage of lickerish grins and dirty jokes’
lustful, licentious, lascivious, libidinous, prurient, lewd, salacious, lubricious, debauched, dissolute, wanton, loose, fast, impure, unchaste, intemperate, dissipated, degenerate, sinful, depraved, crude, goatishView synonyms
- ‘My nose would rival Pinocchio's were I to deny the smoldering impact of such lickerish lines as these.’
- ‘I would like to think - to the pure, all things are pure - that all the mystery words will eventually be revealed as innocent teases designed to mock the lickerish mind.’
Late 15th century: alteration of obsolete lickerous, in the same sense, from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French lecheros (see lecherous).
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