or mouch

[ mooch ]
/ mutʃ /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to skulk or sneak.
to loiter or wander about.


Also mooch·er. a person who mooches.

Nearby words

  1. moo,
  2. moo goo gai pan,
  3. moo juice,
  4. moobs,
  5. mooc,
  6. moocher,
  7. mood,
  8. mood board,
  9. mood disorder,
  10. mood music

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mooch


/ (muːtʃ) /

verb slang

(intr often foll by around) to loiter or walk aimlessly
(intr) to behave in an apathetic way
(intr) to sneak or lurk; skulk
(tr) to cadge
(tr) mainly US and Canadian to steal
Derived Formsmoocher, noun

Word Origin for mooch

C17: perhaps from Old French muchier to skulk

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