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Letched vs Tetched - What's the difference?

letched | tetched |

As a verb letched

is (letch).

As an adjective tetched is

(chiefly|us|colloquial) touched: mildly deranged, somewhat mentally dysfunctional.




  • (letch)

  • letch


    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)



    Alternative forms

    * teched


    (en adjective)
  • (chiefly, US, colloquial) Touched: mildly deranged, somewhat mentally dysfunctional.
  • * 1889 , , Queen Hildegarde , ch. 9:
  • "His mind was as keen as a razor, an' as straight-edged, 'xcept jest on one subject. On that he was, so to say, a little—wal—a little tetched ."
  • * 1959 April 21, , " Oh Why Can't He See 'Dawn's Early Light'?, St. Petersburg Times (USA) (retrieved 26 June 2012):
  • Just because he has trouble with the last verse of the Star Spangled Banner doesn't mean he's tetched . Maybe he has a mental block because you've been hammering him over the skull for three years about it.
  • * 1982 Sep. 27, , " Books Of The Times]" (review of Goosefoot'' by [[w:Patrick McGinley, Patrick McGinley]), ''New York Times (retrieved 26 June 2012):
  • There's a murderer about, but how can you spot him when everyone is moon-tetched ?
  • (chiefly, US, colloquial) Touched: physically contacted, impacted, or handled.
  • * 1899 , , "Dick Spindler's Family Christmas" in Mr. Jack Hamlin's Mediation and Other Stories :
  • "They ain't bin tetched or handled by any one but the Kempany's agents."
  • * , "The Reformation Of Calliope":
  • "That bullet never tetched ye!"


    * (mildly deranged) touched in the head