- vigor; verve; pep.
- courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
- skill; know-how.
Origin of moxie
Examples from the Web for moxie
And the CDC team that arrived to ensure they were properly trained and equipped found them in no need of moxie and dedication.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
He has a big personality made for TV, plenty of moxie, ego and mental sharpness.Piers Morgan’s Comeback Strategy
February 27, 2014
I do not mean to be disrespectful, but Lewis was as disrespectful as could be when he was young and full of moxie.Elizabeth Wurtzel: My Tea Party Mom Loves Al Jazeera America
September 4, 2013
The recipe is inexact; a crazy mix of luck, audacity, and moxie.Exclusive: A Photo Essay on the Making of ‘The Spectacular Now’
Michael H. Weber, Scott Neustadter
August 8, 2013
She got the beauty, the brains, the wit—but most importantly, the moxie.Family Feud: Which ‘Downton Abbey’ Sister Is the Best?
Caitlin Dickson, Kevin Fallon, Abby Haglage
January 9, 2013
The woods about Moxie Lake were literally carpeted with Linna.
Trout weighing four and five pounds have been taken at Moxie, but none of that size came to our hand.
I had never before seen or heard this bird, and its loud cackle in the woods about Moxie was a new sound to me.
- US and Canadian slang courage, nerve, or vigour
Word Origin and History for moxie
"courage," 1930, from Moxie, brand name of a bitter, non-alcoholic drink, 1885, perhaps as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve;" despite legendary origin stories put out by the company that made it, it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word (it figures in river and lake names in Maine, where it is apparently from Abenaki and means "dark water"). Much-imitated in its day; in 1917 the Moxie Company won an infringement suit against a competitor's beverage marketed as "Proxie."