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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Definitions for moggy

  1. British Informal. a cat.

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Citations for moggy
It was possible that Goldilocks was on a road trip somewhere, but no cat owner ever leaves a moggy with no one to feed it. Jasper Fforde, The Fourth Bear, 2006
What's a moggy? I say, astonished. Moggy is cat. How can you possibly not know what moggy means? Heather McGowan, Duchess of Nothing, 2006
Origin of moggy
1815-1825
Moggy (also moggie) is used in Scottish and English dialects in senses that are colloquial or rare or obsolete, e.g., "a young girl or young woman"; "a scarecrow"; "a calf or cow." Perhaps its only common use is as a term for an ordinary house cat. Moggy may possibly be a derivative of Mog, a nickname for Margaret. Moggy in its sense "girl, young woman" entered English in the 17th century; in its sense "calf or cow," in the 19th century; in its sense "scarecrow," in the late 19th century; and in its sense "house cat," in the early 20th century.