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[moh-zee] /ˈmoʊ zi/
verb (used without object), moseyed, moseying. Informal.
to wander or shuffle about leisurely; stroll; saunter (often followed by along, about, etc.).
to leave quickly; decamp.
Origin of mosey
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • If he's lively, it's betther to be that, than a mosey, any day.

  • "I reckon I'll just mosey over to the desert," drawled the fidgety man.

  • Then he'll mosey down the hilltop to see if anything is on his trail.

    The Black Fawn James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • It's up to you, to-morrow mornin', to mosey round an' see what you can see.

  • "Very good of you, I'm sure," Mrs. mosey answered ironically.

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
  • Mrs. mosey put her handkerchief in her pocket, and asserted her dignity.

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
  • Mrs. mosey could not forget that she had been (no matter how politely) requested to withdraw.

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
  • If there is any change, Mrs. mosey—either for the better or the worse—of course you will let me know?

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for mosey


verb (intransitive)
(informal) often foll by along or on. to walk in a leisurely manner; amble
Word Origin
C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for mosey

1829, American English slang, of unknown origin, perhaps related to British dialectal mose about "go around in a dull, stupid way." Or perhaps from Spanish vamos (see vamoose). Related: Moseyed; moseying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mosey


v,v phr

To move along, esp to walk slowly; saunter; ease on: A mild river that moseyed at will/ The Wheaton cruiser moseyed on by me and turned back toward town

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[1829+; perhaps fr Spanish vamos; perhaps fr British dialect mose about, ''walk in a stupid manner'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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