Monday, January 10, 2011


Lickerish \LIK-er-ish\ , adjective;
1. Fond of and eager for choice food
2. Greedy; longing
3. Lustful; lecherous

This word, with the definition "fond of delicious fare," dates to the 1500's and comes from Middle English lickerous ("pleasing to the palate" - late 13th century). Lickerous derives from Anglo-French *lickerous which comes from Old French licherous. Modern English lecherous ("having or showing excessive or offensive sexual desire") also comes from licherous, but at some point its definition took a turn for the tawdry.

Today's word and the first definition were both taken from's 'Word of the Day' for Monday, January 10
Etymologies come from the Oxford English Dictionary and/or


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