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mooch Syllabification: mooch
Pronunciation: /mo͞oCH/

Definition of mooch in English:


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.


(also moocher) Back to top  
North American A beggar or scrounger: the mooch who got everything from his dad
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  • And yet, 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.
  • Surly and always on the mooch, the only thing that motivated him into doing anything resembling physical labor was the promise of money for more booze.


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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