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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 along
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  • If he was real wise he'd mosey along toward Rocky Bend and pop off your second man.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
  • All right; I'll just mosey along up the trail after a while.

    Heart's Desire Emerson Hough
  • The second brand had been put on kinder careless, in a hurry, as if the fellers that did it wanted to mosey along right quick.

  • So they can mosey along down to the post office together—the postmaster and the recorder.

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
  • It ain't more'n a step an' I'll just shet up store an' mosey along after you.

    Judith of Blue Lake Ranch Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for mosey along


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 along



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for mosey along


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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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