Definition of mooch in English:

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Pronunciation: /mo͞oCH/


1 [with object] North American Ask for or obtain (something) without paying for it: a bunch of your friends will show up, mooching food [no object]: I’m mooching off you all the time
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  • Did you just figure you could mooch food off of me as well?
  • I dropped by Shay's apartment to mooch food.
  • They are nice in every way, except for the fact that they always try to mooch food from us.
beg, ask for money, borrow
informal scrounge, bum, sponge, cadge
2 [no object] (mooch around/about) Loiter in a bored or listless manner: he didn’t want them mooching around all day
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  • So I'm going to lay in bed late, then probably head over to Brighton to mooch about the shops.
  • No, they can't tell me when he'll show up - so I have to mooch about and wait.
  • The meetings were kept mercifully short, and were followed by an extensive buffet, and there was plenty of free time for mooching around and doing our own stuff.


North American A beggar or scrounger: the mooch who got everything from his dad
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  • For some reason society continues to coddle these mooches, and thus it is considered noble to take part in giving the needy what they want.
  • He brought an empty bottle wrapped in a brown paper bag to a party so he wouldn't appear a mooch.
  • For starters, the meathead was very much both a mooch and much worse—an ingrate.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'to hoard'): probably from Anglo-Norman French muscher 'hide, skulk'. A dialect sense 'play truant' dates from the early 16th century; current senses date from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with mooch

hooch, pooch, smooch

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Syllabification: mooch

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