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See also: Lich, lích, lịch, and -lich


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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lich, from Old English līċ, from Proto-West Germanic *līk, from Proto-Germanic *līką, from Proto-Indo-European *leyg-.

Cognate with Dutch lijk, German Leiche, Norwegian lik, Swedish lik, Danish lig.

Alternative forms[edit]



lich (plural liches)

  1. (archaic, UK) A corpse or dead body. [from 9th c.]
    • 1845, Penny Magazine of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, page 35:
      [] and that, as the chronicle states, a lich-way would be made through then, assembled his servants, and attempted to stop its progress as it was carried over a bridge. A scuffle ensued, and the body was thrown into the water. The lich-way as not made ; but the Bishop of Exeter amply revenged himself for the proceedings.
    • 1983, Poul Anderson, Time Patrolman (Sci-Fi), →ISBN:
      She saw him again that eventide, but then he was a reddened lich.
  2. (fantasy, roleplay, games) A reanimated corpse or undead being, particularly a still-intelligent undead spellcaster.
    • 1974, Karl Edward Wagner, ‘Sticks’:
      It was a lich’s face – desiccated flesh tight over its skull.
  3. Ellipsis of lichfield.
  4. Ellipsis of lichgate.
  5. Ellipsis of lichway.
Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ Joseph Wright, editor (1902), “LICH”, in The English Dialect Dictionary: [], volume III (H–L), London: Henry Frowde, [], publisher to the English Dialect Society, []; New York, N.Y.: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, OCLC 81937840.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English līke, līch (like); see like and -like for more. Compare -ly and -lich.


lich (comparative more lich, superlative most lich)

  1. (obsolete) Like; resembling; equal.

Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Old English līċ, from Proto-West Germanic *līk, from Proto-Germanic *līką, from Proto-Indo-European *leyg- (alike, similar).


lich (plural lichs)

  1. A body.
    • 1362, William Langland, Piers Plowman, XI.2:
      A wyf […] Þat lene was of lich and of louh chere.


  • English: lich
  • Scots: lyke, lich



  • IPA(key): /lix/
  • Rhymes: -ix
  • Syllabification: lich


lich f

  1. genitive plural of licha


lich n

  1. genitive plural of licho

Further reading[edit]

  • lich in Polish dictionaries at PWN