[ mok-uh-sin, -zuhn ]
/ ˈmɒk ə sɪn, -zən /
Save This Word!


a heelless shoe made entirely of soft leather, as deerskin, with the sole brought up and attached to a piece of u-shaped leather on top of the foot, worn originally by the American Indians.
a hard-soled shoe or slipper resembling this, often decorated with beads.
any of several North American snakes of the genus Agkistrodon (Ancistrodon), especially the cottonmouth.



Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of moccasin

1605–15, Americanism;<Virginia Algonquian < Proto-Algonquian *maxkeseni
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

British Dictionary definitions for moccasin

/ (ˈmɒkəsɪn) /


a shoe of soft leather, esp deerskin, worn by North American Indians
any soft shoe resembling this
NZ a sheepshearer's footgear, usually made of sacking
short for water moccasin
C17: from Algonquian; compare Narraganset mocussin shoe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
What's This Word?