- 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
Related Words for moochercadger, down-and-out, bankrupt, dependent, vagrant, suppliant, mendicant, pauper, guttersnipe, almsman, almswoman, indigent
Examples from the Web for moocher
Contemporary Examples of moocher
Race is also embedded in the whole set of presumptions about the 47 percent and the “moocher class.”Why You Can’t Tell the Truth About Race
November 3, 2014
Historical Examples of moocher
The English moocher has to resort to his "gag," and his "lurks" are almost innumerable.
The fellow was correct about the clothes and the filthiness of the English moocher.
I'm the only moocher in this 'ouse, an' I want you to know it.
The giant was plunged in gloomy abstraction, and Vetch and the Moocher interchanged a significant glance.
Vetch skipped nimbly on one side, but Gabbett struck the Moocher on the forehead with the axe.
- (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
"beggar, scrounger," 1857, agent noun from mooch (v.).
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.