[ moh-zee ]
/ ˈmoʊ zi /

verb (used without object), mo·seyed, mo·sey·ing. Informal.

to wander or shuffle about leisurely; stroll; saunter (often followed by along, about, etc.).
to leave quickly; decamp.

Nearby words

  1. moses basket,
  2. moses lake,
  3. moses, grandma,
  4. moses, robert,
  5. moses-in-the-cradle,
  6. mosfet,
  7. mosh,
  8. mosh pit,
  9. moshav,
  10. mosher

Origin of mosey

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moseyed


/ (ˈməʊzɪ) /

verb (intr)

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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