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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Word Origin & History

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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mooch definition

[mutʃ]
  1. tv. & in.
    to beg for money, liquor, or drugs in public places. : No mooching around here! Move along!
  2. n.
    a beggar. : I don't want to be a mooch, but could I borrow your lawn mower?
  3. n.
    narcotics. (Drugs. See also hooch.) : He's gonna have to work hard to get off the mooch.
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moocher definition


  1. n.
    a beggar. : I try to give every moocher a little change.
  2. n.
    a drug addict. (Drugs.) : These moochers will do anything to get a few bucks for a load.
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Example sentences for moocher
Lillian is a frigid moocher who seeks to destroy her husband.
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