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[mooch] /mutʃ/
verb (used with or without object), noun, Slang.


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[mooch] /mutʃ/ Slang.
verb (used with object)
to borrow (a small item or amount) without intending to return or repay it.
to get or take without paying or at another's expense; sponge:
He always mooches cigarettes.
to beg.
to steal.
verb (used without object)
to skulk or sneak.
to loiter or wander about.
Also, moocher. a person who mooches.
Origin of mooch
1425-75; late Middle English, apparently variant of Middle English michen < Old French muchier to skulk, hide Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mouched
Historical Examples
  • While I did so, Neche mouched about among them with canine inquisitiveness.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Awhile ago I took a holiday; mouched, played truant from my road.

    The Roadmender Michael Fairless
  • How often have I mouched over it, alone and dreamy, adjusting my steps to the cracks between its pavement-flags!

    Tell England Ernest Raymond
  • And for want of anything better to do, he mouched down to Ruffer's, the unofficial tuck-shop.

    The Lonely Unicorn Alec Waugh
British Dictionary definitions for mouched


verb (slang)
(intransitive) often foll by around. to loiter or walk aimlessly
(intransitive) to behave in an apathetic way
(intransitive) to sneak or lurk; skulk
(transitive) to cadge
(transitive) (mainly US & Canadian) to steal
Derived Forms
moocher, noun
Word Origin
C17: perhaps from Old French muchier to skulk
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Word Origin and History for mouched



mid-15c., "pretend poverty," probably from Old French muchier, mucier "to hide, sulk, conceal, hide away, keep out of sight," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Celtic or Germanic (Liberman prefers the latter, Klein the former). Or the word may be a variant of Middle English mucchen "to hoard, be stingy" (c.1300), probably originally "to keep coins in one's nightcap," from mucche "nightcap," from Middle Dutch muste "cap, nightcap," ultimately from Medieval Latin almucia, of unknown origin. Sense of "sponge off others" first recorded 1857.

Whatever the distant origin of mooch, the verb *mycan and its cognates have been part of European slang for at least two millennia. [Liberman]
Related: Mooched; mooching. As a noun meaning "a moocher," from 1914.

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



  1. moocher (1914+)
  2. A gullible customer; dupe; mark (1929+ Carnival)
  3. A person who listens to the pitch, but does not buy (1940s+ Carnival)
  4. A customer who painstakingly examines the merchandise before buying (1940s+ Salespersons)


  1. To beg; borrow; cadge, sponge: The geisha girls are forever mooching chocolates (1857+)
  2. To steal (1862+)
  3. To stroll; loaf along (1851+)

[fr earlier mowche, ''to pretend poverty; play truant,'' found by 1460, fr Old French muchier, ''to hide, skulk'']

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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