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[mosh] /mɒʃ/
verb (used without object), Slang.
to engage in a form of frenzied, violent dancing; slam-dance.
Origin of mosh
1980-85; perhaps variant of mash1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You sall eat all as mosh as you vish, and drink more as you vish, but you cannot go avay.

    Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn
  • Will you be able to reach Peatra by the evening, mosh Nichifor.

  • “I am afraid of the wolf, mosh Nichifor,” said Malca, shaking.

  • “I hear, mosh Nichifor,” replied Malca, trembling and frightened.

  • You must be satisfied with nine shillings, mosh Nichifor, and my son will give you a tip when you get to Peatra.

  • Is there a place in the mountains or the prairies where the name of mosh Kohta has not been pronounced and praised?

  • Felt m'self no condition shtan' up bes' man to mosh admi'ble man and mosh admi'ble girl in worl'.

    54-40 or Fight

    Emerson Hough
  • Never tell me again that a wolf is coming, mosh Nichifor, I shall die from fright.

British Dictionary definitions for mosh


a type of dance, performed to loud rock music, in which people throw themselves about in a frantic and violent manner
(intransitive) to dance in this manner
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mosh

"to dance (with a certain amount of violence) to metal music in a tightly packed arena," 1987, perhaps a variant of mash. Related: Mosh pit.

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



To dance to heavy metal music in a tight-packed arena called a ''mosh pit,'' with a certain amount of physical violence: They don't dance. They mosh. They slam. They skank and thrash, too/ Gearshift would give the crowd something to mosh to

[late 1980s+ fr British; fr British dialect, ''mash, smash,'' found by 1848]

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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