mooch

[mooch] /mutʃ/
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
Example Sentences for moocher
Lillian is a frigid moocher who seeks to destroy her husband.
British Dictionary definitions for moocher
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 and History for moocher
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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Slang definitions & phrases for moocher

mooch

noun
  1. moocher (1914+)
  2. A gullible customer; dupe; mark (1929+ Carnival)
  3. A person who listens to the pitch, but does not buy (1940s+ Carnival)
  4. A customer who painstakingly examines the merchandise before buying (1940s+ Salespersons)
verb
  1. To beg; borrow; cadge, sponge : The geisha girls are forever mooching chocolates (1857+)
  2. To steal (1862+)
  3. To stroll; loaf along (1851+)

[fr earlier mowche, ''to pretend poverty; play truant,'' found by 1460, fr Old French muchier, ''to hide, skulk'']


moocher

noun

A beggar; borrower; deadbeat, sponge : He heard a moocher deliver the following spiel/ Minnie the moocher, she was a low-down hootchy-cootcher (1857+)


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Difficulty index for moocher

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Tile value for moocher

14
15
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