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mooch Line breaks: mooch
Pronunciation: /muːtʃ/

Definition of mooch in English:


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.


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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
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • The mist was still lifting off the big lake in the park at Windsor, and only a few joggers and moochers ambled about along the narrow path, that circles the lake.
  • So, who are these irresponsible moochers using bankruptcy to avoid paying legitimate debts?
  • Clark might still be rich if he had simply learned to say ‘no’ to impulse buying, to the lure of lottery kiosks and video lottery terminals, and to moochers expecting everything from free drinks to large loans.


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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