- 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.
- to skulk or sneak.
- to loiter or wander about.
- Also mooch·er. a person who mooches.
Origin of mooch
Examples from the Web for mooch
Historical Examples of mooch
I have made the rule that when he gamble too mooch, when he put up too mooch money, I say 'No!'Sally Dows and Other Stories
It is because I am what you call too mooch a cow—a hard cow.The Copper Princess
He is not good for mooch, but he like that whittle kind of work, I know.Joyce's Investments
Fannie E. Newberry
I know as mooch as you, meppy, oof I could only t'ink oof it.Motor Matt's Mystery
Stanley R. Matthews
"Not as mooch as I thart it would,—and I thart it wouldn't," added Paddy pessimistically.Vacation with the Tucker Twins
- (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
Word Origin 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.