[ mosh ]
/ mɒʃ /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for mosh


/ (mɒʃ) /


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.

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