mouch

[ mooch ]
/ mutʃ /
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verb (used with or without object), noun Slang.


Nearby words

  1. motty,
  2. motu,
  3. motu proprio,
  4. motzer,
  5. mou,
  6. mouchette,
  7. mouchoir,
  8. moue,
  9. moues,
  10. mouflon

mooch

or mouch

[ mooch ]
/ mutʃ /
Slang.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to skulk or sneak.
to loiter or wander about.

noun

Also mooch·er. a person who mooches.

Origin of mooch

1425–75; late Middle English, apparently variant of Middle English michen < Old French muchier to skulk, hide

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Examples from the Web for mouch

  • They mouch round the walls if it's fine, like it is, and if it's raining they mouch round the Minster.

    Rich Relatives|Compton Mackenzie
  • The word "mouch" is not often heard outside towns, for wandering beggars say "call."

    Beggars|W. H. (William Henry) Davies


British Dictionary definitions for mouch

mooch

/ (muːtʃ) /

verb slang

(intr often foll by around) to loiter or walk aimlessly
(intr) to behave in an apathetic way
(intr) to sneak or lurk; skulk
(tr) to cadge
(tr) mainly US and Canadian to steal
Derived Formsmoocher, noun

Word Origin for mooch

C17: perhaps from Old French muchier to skulk

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Word Origin and History for mouch

mooch

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