to borrow (a small item or amount) without intending to return or repay it.
to get or take without paying or at another's expense; sponge: He always mooches cigarettes.
to skulk or sneak.
to loiter or wander about.
Also moocher. a person who mooches.
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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
(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
- moocher, noun
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