Man given to excessive sexual indulgence


This highly explicit (soon you’ll see why) noun is dated back to the late 12th century, with the Old French lecheor, meaning one living a life of debauchery, especially one given to sexual indulgence; here is the explicit part- literary, lecheor means ‘licker’.

Frankish, Germanic and Proto Germanic sources all offer the –likk- affix to literally stand for ‘lick’ and figuratively- for excessively sexual human beings. While all of the above refer to men, Middle English came up with lickestre, literally meaning ‘female who licks’, and figuratively- a pleasure seeking woman.

Why this word?

I am only 28; I thought the 1990’s to be the most sexual decade when, as a teenager, I compared modern MTV music clips to the older WH1 clips. With the arrival of the new millennium, I remember walking the streets thinking ‘wow, these kids are much more sexual than anything I could even imagine back at the 90’s’. Another decade has now passed and a new one began, proving that synonyms for ‘horny’ would forever be useful!

How to use lecher?   

Although both ‘horny’ and ‘lecher’ are descriptive of given situations, lecher bares a negative sense to it. Lechers are those who can’t get enough of, who only think of and interested in indulging sexual activities. Lechers are those who find sexuality where it is only mildly present or even lacking.

Look at David! He has been hovering above and around Dana for hours now, bugging her and thinking this would help get her in bed.. Such a lecher!”


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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