Letch vs Tetch - What's the difference?

letch | tetch |

As nouns the difference between letch and tetch

is that letch is (archaic) strong desire; passion or letch can be a stream or pool in boggy land or letch can be while tetch is .

As verbs the difference between letch and tetch

is that letch is while tetch is (regional).

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Alternative forms

* lech

Etymology 1

See (lech), (lecher).


  • (archaic) Strong desire; passion.
  • Some people have a letch for unmasking impostors, or for avenging the wrongs of others. — De Quincey.
  • (informal) Someone with an overly strong sexual desire.
  • Etymology 2

    From loec'' - later ''lache'', variant ''letch - for example Sandy's Letch located east of Annitsford in Northumberland.


  • A stream or pool in boggy land.
  • Etymology 3


  • Verb

  • (Webster 1913)




  • (regional)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1877, author=Samuel Woodworth Cozzens, title=The Young Trail Hunters, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="Wal, I sot there, eatin' away, and, the fust thing I knowed, I kind 'er felt suthin' tetch my shoulder. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1880, author=Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), title=Roughing It, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=The minute we'd tetch off a blast 'n' the fuse'd begin to sizzle, he'd give a look as much as to say: 'Well, I'll have to git you to excuse me,' an' it was surpris'n' the way he'd shin out of that hole 'n' go f'r a tree. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1919, author=O. Henry, title=Roads of Destiny, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="Miss Lucy tetch you on de shoulder," continued the old man, never heeding, "wid a s'ord, and say: 'I mek you a knight, Suh Robert--rise up, pure and fearless and widout reproach.' }}


  • * {{quote-news, year=2001, date=November 2, author=Monica Kendrick, title=Spot Check, work=Chicago Reader citation
  • , passage=The three songs I've heard so far are low-key and restrained, with a tetch of honky-tonk tension--the sound of a heart being bounced up and down like a squishy yo-yo. }}