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mooch

or mouch

[ mooch ]
/ mutʃ /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to skulk or sneak.
to loiter or wander about.

noun

Also moocher. a person who mooches.

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Origin of mooch

1425–75; late Middle English, apparently variant of Middle English michen<Old French muchier to skulk, hide
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British Dictionary definitions for mooch

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
moocher, noun
C17: perhaps from Old French muchier to skulk
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