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.

Origin of mosey

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for moseyed

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

Examples from the Web for moseyed

Contemporary Examples of moseyed

Historical Examples of moseyed

  • So I took things on my own hook and went to Cottonton, where I moseyed round considerable.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • But I drawed lots with myself and moseyed over to the school-house to keep a bench warm.

  • They moseyed by the Plaza, and over to the Hussman, where they looked at apartments, which ended in Pearl taking one.


    Richard F. Mann

  • Raphael Poe moseyed through the streets of Moscow in an apparently aimless manner.

    The Foreign Hand Tie

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for moseyed


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

Word Origin for mosey

C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for moseyed



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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