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[moh-zee] /ˈmoʊ zi/
verb (used without object), moseyed, moseying. Informal.
to wander or shuffle about leisurely; stroll; saunter (often followed by along, about, etc.).
to leave quickly; decamp.
Origin of mosey
1820-30, Americanism; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mosey
  • Learn about your subterranean surroundings as you mosey down the river.
  • As kangaroos mosey along at low speeds, they walk, using their tail as a fifth limb.
  • While you wait for your meal to arrive, you can mosey around the downstairs craft shop and stock up on quality souvenirs.
  • mosey along the scenic highway through the park and pick up litter before the summer crowds begin whizzing by.
British Dictionary definitions for mosey


verb (intransitive)
(informal) often foll by along or on. to walk in a leisurely manner; amble
Word Origin
C19: origin unknown
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Word Origin and History for mosey

1829, American English slang, of unknown origin, perhaps related to British dialectal mose about "go around in a dull, stupid way." Or perhaps from Spanish vamos (see vamoose). Related: Moseyed; moseying.

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v,v phr

To move along, esp to walk slowly; saunter; ease on: A mild river that moseyed at will/ The Wheaton cruiser moseyed on by me and turned back toward town

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[1829+; perhaps fr Spanish vamos; perhaps fr British dialect mose about, ''walk in a stupid manner'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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