mooch

[mooch] Slang.
verb (used with object)
1.
to borrow (a small item or amount) without intending to return or repay it.
2.
to get or take without paying or at another's expense; sponge: He always mooches cigarettes.
3.
to beg.
4.
to steal.
verb (used without object)
5.
to skulk or sneak.
6.
to loiter or wander about.
noun
7.
Also, moocher. a person who mooches.
Also, mouch.


Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English, apparently variant of Middle English michen < Old French muchier to skulk, hide

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mooch (muːtʃ)
 
vb (often foll by around)
1.  to loiter or walk aimlessly
2.  (intr) to behave in an apathetic way
3.  (intr) to sneak or lurk; skulk
4.  (tr) to cadge
5.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) to steal
 
[C17: perhaps from Old French muchier to skulk]
 
'moocher
 
n

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mooch
1440, "pretend poverty," from O.Fr. muchier "to hide, sulk, conceal," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Celt. or Gmc. Or the word may be a variant of M.E. mucchen "to hoard, be stingy" (c.1300), probably originally "to keep coins in one's nightcap," from mucche "nightcap," from M.Du. muste "cap, nightcap,"
ult. from M.L. almucia, of unknown origin. Sense of "sponge off others" first recorded 1857.

moocher
"beggar, scrounger," 1857, from mooch.
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Example sentences for moocher
Lillian is a frigid moocher who seeks to destroy her husband.
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