verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of mooch
Examples from the Web for mooch
An' de track show she gon' back up de hill, an' I ver' mooch scare—cos she was dead!
An' I ver' mooch scare, cos I'm fraid de tamahnawus mad on me for kill de fox w'at yell lak de man.
There ees a proverb of my father's which say that 'it shall take a gold mine to work a silver mine,' so mooch more he cost.Stories in Light and Shadow|Bret Harte
"Eet ees not so ver' mooch," proceeded the factor, ignoring Al's question and quickly changing his tack regarding the ransom.With Sully into the Sioux Land|Joseph Mills Hanson
The second-hand man shook his head many times as he repeated slowly, "Altogedder too mooch."Sube Cane|Edward Bellamy Partridge
British Dictionary definitions for mooch
Word Origin for mooch
Word Origin and History for mooch
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.