- 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 mouching
Historical Examples of mouching
No, sergeant—he was just mouching round, so I pulled him in.The Green Rust
At least, that is my experience while mouching in the wake of the hounds.The Confessions of a Poacher
The dog, Neche, had slowly emerged from round the corner of the barn, and was now mouching leisurely towards her.The Hound From The North
- (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
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.