Definition of mooch in English:

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Pronunciation: /muːtʃ/


1 [no object] (mooch about/around) British Loiter in a bored or listless manner: he just mooched about his bedsit
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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.
2 [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.


1 [in singular] British An instance of loitering in a bored or listless manner.
Example sentences
  • This morning started at a fairly leisurely pace with a mini-lie in for our last morning away, then coffee and eventually a mooch around the shops.
  • Then we went to the bookshop for a mooch, and then we had dinner.
  • After having a mooch around whilst chatting to a mixture of students who were on the course, it became clear that although being a gifted artist is helpful, the thought and understanding behind their work was most important.
2North American A beggar or scrounger.
Example sentences
  • 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 Old French muchier (Anglo-Norman muscher) 'hide, skulk': compare with mitch. Current senses date from the mid 19th century.

Words that rhyme with mooch

hooch, pooch, smooch

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