noun Slang.

vigor; verve; pep.
courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
skill; know-how.

Nearby words

  1. mowrah,
  2. mowrah fat,
  3. mox,
  4. moxa,
  5. moxibustion,
  6. moya,
  7. moyen âge,
  8. moyle,
  9. moyobamba,
  10. moz

Origin of moxie

1925–30, Americanism; after Moxie, a trademark (name of a soft drink) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moxie



US and Canadian slang courage, nerve, or vigour

Word Origin for moxie

from the trademark Moxie, a soft drink

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Word Origin and History for moxie



"courage," 1930, from Moxie, brand name of a bitter, non-alcoholic drink, 1885, perhaps as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve;" despite legendary origin stories put out by the company that made it, it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word (it figures in river and lake names in Maine, where it is apparently from Abenaki and means "dark water"). Much-imitated in its day; in 1917 the Moxie Company won an infringement suit against a competitor's beverage marketed as "Proxie."

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