Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A strong, especially sexual desire or craving.
  • n. A lecher.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Strong desire; passion.
  • n. Someone with an overly strong sexual desire.
  • n. A stream or pool in boggy land.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Strong desire; passion; especially, lust.
  • n. A lecher.
  • v. See leach.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as leach.
  • n. Same as leach.
  • n. An almost stagnant ditch.
  • n. Strong desire; an itching; a crotchet.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. man with strong sexual desires

Etymologies

Perhaps back-formation from obsolete letcher, variant of lecher.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See lech, lecher. (Wiktionary)
From loec - later lache, variant letch - for example Sandy's Letch located east of Annitsford in Northumberland. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It takes a good deal of time to explain why a harassed lawyer, his domineering mother-in-law, narcoleptic uncle, his ex-cook and a fellow legal letch should all arrive at a Parisian lovenest on the same night.

    Once Bitten – review

  • And that's really what it comes down to anyway: Whatever you think of the pictures, even if you've got a problem with the fact that the photographer who took them is kind of a notorious letch, the fact remains that the two adult women -- and one adult man, for that matter -- willingly went along with the shoot and did it for a magazine aimed at fellow adults.

    Chez Pazienza: Live Semi-Nude Glee Girls

  • June 10, 2009 10: 36 AM him: super letch her: get your hand OFF me!

    What were they thinking? (Jack Bog's Blog)

  • Tim McInnerny is a calculating Judge Brack, a closet letch, who sees through Hedda's steely veener, while Colin Tierney as the relapsing alcoholic writer, Loevborg, still under Hedda's spell, plays his vulnerability subtly.

    Adrian Noble's 'Hedda Gabler' Rises to the Challenge

  • Did O'Brien or that letch Letterman go out an do free shows for those savaged economically.

    Leno the Loner

  • She can work as hard as she wants, but until she learns to tell the truth and gets rid of the letch she wilol NEVER get my vote.

    Clinton: 'This is nowhere near over'

  • This highly satisfying story strongly hints about the more immediate future of Kathrin (giving a letch his due) and the maturity with which she takes on the responsibility.

    REVIEW: The Year's Best Science Fiction #25 edited by Gardner Dozois

  • Bandicut seems to have a serious relationship with Antares the empath; again, not having read the previous books, I couldn't decide if this was acceptable in this universe or Bandicut is a letch, as not much time has elapsed from their first adventure.

    REVIEW: Sunborn by Jeffrey A. Carver

  • Who knew with such a small gesture a girl could look like such a letch?

    Fallout

  • At any rate, Swann seems to be a particularly icky letch, the kind who lacks the courage of his convictions.

    the soul must see through the body’s eyes « paper fruit

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  • "He didn't letch after me, and he didn't seem to want anything from me."-Dead as a Doornail, by Charlaine Harris

    May 19, 2011

  • I've also heard it used as a verb, meaning a cross between leering and flirting.

    July 16, 2008

  • Lecherous. Pronounced like 'Betch'. For those unable to properly articulate or otherwise navigate the complex series of syllables required to brand another as such slang for liking, to the seductive degree.

    July 16, 2008