verb (used without object) Slang.

to engage in a form of frenzied, violent dancing; slam-dance.

Origin of mosh

1980–85; perhaps variant of mash1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mosh

Contemporary Examples of mosh

Historical Examples of mosh

  • You sall eat all as mosh as you vish, and drink more as you vish, but you cannot go avay.

    Cormorant Crag

    George Manville Fenn

  • Will you be able to reach Peatra by the evening, Mosh Nichifor.

  • “I am afraid of the wolf, Mosh Nichifor,” said Malca, shaking.

  • “I hear, Mosh Nichifor,” replied Malca, trembling and frightened.

  • You must be satisfied with nine shillings, Mosh Nichifor, and my son will give you a tip when you get to Peatra.

British Dictionary definitions for mosh



a type of dance, performed to loud rock music, in which people throw themselves about in a frantic and violent manner


(intr) to dance in this manner

Word Origin for mosh

C20: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mosh

"to dance (with a certain amount of violence) to metal music in a tightly packed arena," 1987, perhaps a variant of mash. Related: Mosh pit.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper