- 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 beg.
- to steal.
- to skulk or sneak.
- to loiter or wander about.
- Also mooch·er. a person who mooches.
Origin of mooch
Examples from the Web for mouched
Historical Examples of mouched
While I did so, Neche mouched about among them with canine inquisitiveness.The Hound From The North
Awhile ago I took a holiday; mouched, played truant from my road.The Roadmender
How often have I mouched over it, alone and dreamy, adjusting my steps to the cracks between its pavement-flags!Tell England
And for want of anything better to do, he mouched down to Ruffer's, the unofficial tuck-shop.The Lonely Unicorn
- (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
Word Origin for mooch
Word Origin and History for mouched
mid-15c., "pretend poverty," probably from Old French muchier, mucier "to hide, sulk, conceal, hide away, keep out of sight," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Celtic or Germanic (Liberman prefers the latter, Klein the former). Or the word may be a variant of Middle English mucchen "to hoard, be stingy" (c.1300), probably originally "to keep coins in one's nightcap," from mucche "nightcap," from Middle Dutch muste "cap, nightcap," ultimately from Medieval Latin almucia, of unknown origin. Sense of "sponge off others" first recorded 1857.
Whatever the distant origin of mooch, the verb *mycan and its cognates have been part of European slang for at least two millennia. [Liberman]
Related: Mooched; mooching. As a noun meaning "a moocher," from 1914.