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mosey

[moh-zee] /ˈmoʊ zi/
verb (used without object), moseyed, moseying. Informal.
1.
to wander or shuffle about leisurely; stroll; saunter (often followed by along, about, etc.).
2.
to leave quickly; decamp.
Origin of mosey
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for moseyed
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  • So I took things on my own hook and went to Cottonton, where I moseyed round considerable.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • They moseyed by the Plaza, and over to the Hussman, where they looked at apartments, which ended in Pearl taking one.

    Hookers Richard F. Mann
  • But I drawed lots with myself and moseyed over to the school-house to keep a bench warm.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
  • Raphael Poe moseyed through the streets of Moscow in an apparently aimless manner.

    The Foreign Hand Tie Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for moseyed

mosey

/ˈməʊzɪ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(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 moseyed

mosey

v.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for moseyed

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

Related Terms

vamoose

[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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