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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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
  • But I drawed lots with myself and moseyed over to the school-house to keep a bench warm.

    Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher Eleanor Gates
  • 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
  • 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


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 moseyed



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 moseyed


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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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