or mouch

[ mooch ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to borrow (a small item or amount) without intending to return or repay it.

  2. to get or take without paying or at another's expense; sponge: He always mooches cigarettes.

  1. to beg.

  2. to steal.

verb (used without object)
  1. to skulk or sneak.

  2. to loiter or wander about.

  1. Also moocher. a person who mooches.

Origin of mooch

1425–75; late Middle English, apparently variant of Middle English michen<Old French muchier to skulk, hide Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mooch in a sentence

  • The word "mouch" is not often heard outside towns, for wandering beggars say "call."

    Beggars | W. H. (William Henry) Davies
  • "We'll just have a little mouch round," she said, confidentially.

    The Boss of Taroomba | E. W. Hornung
  • 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 baby will infallibly whimper, and the dog will infallibly mouch off.

    The Human Machine | E. Arnold Bennett

British Dictionary definitions for mooch


/ (muːtʃ) /

  1. (intr often foll by around) to loiter or walk aimlessly

  2. (intr) to behave in an apathetic way

  1. (intr) to sneak or lurk; skulk

  2. (tr) to cadge

  3. (tr) mainly US and Canadian to steal

Origin of mooch

C17: perhaps from Old French muchier to skulk

Derived forms of mooch

  • moocher, noun

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