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verb (used without object), mo·seyed, mo·sey·ing. Informal.
  1. to wander or shuffle about leisurely; stroll; saunter (often followed by along, about, etc.).
  2. to leave quickly; decamp.
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Origin of mosey

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; origin uncertain
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Related Words for mosey

mope, meander, amble, ramble, traipse, dilly-dally, linger, dally, drift, loiter

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British Dictionary definitions for mosey


verb (intr)
  1. informal (often foll by along or on) to walk in a leisurely manner; amble
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Word Origin for mosey

C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for mosey


1829, American English slang, of unknown origin, perhaps related to British dialectal mose about "go around in a dull, stupid way." Or perhaps from Spanish vamos (see vamoose). Related: Moseyed; moseying.

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