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[mok-see] /ˈmɒk si/
noun, Slang.
vigor; verve; pep.
courage and aggressiveness; nerve.
skill; know-how.
1925-30, Americanism; after Moxie, a trademark (name of a soft drink) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for moxie
  • Of course, it takes a certain amount of moxie or youthful insouciance to actually make the look work.
  • The girl has moxie, you gotta give her that.
  • The son of a shop teacher, he had the woodcrafting moxie to build his own track.
  • My theory is that the rider's cowboy hat contributes mightily to the judges' impression of the animal's moxie.
  • For some reason, I just love the moxie on this.
  • Likewise, no candidate has mustered the moxie to propose solutions to our nation's growing gridlock.
  • Espa mud contains apricot kernel oil, watercress extract and the moxie to transform my so-so hair into a full-on swingy do.
  • May the younger generation of the family learn from your wisdom, strength, moxie and love.
  • His main resources were charm, moxie and a capacity to work killer hours.
  • It's hard not to love an author who has the moxie - and the sad experience - to write that scene.
British Dictionary definitions for moxie


(US & Canadian, slang) courage, nerve, or vigour
Word Origin
from the trademark Moxie, a soft drink
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moxie

"courage," 1930, from Moxie, brand name of a bitter, non-alcoholic drink, 1885, perhaps as far back as 1876 as the name of a patent medicine advertised to "build up your nerve;" despite legendary origin stories put out by the company that made it, it is perhaps ultimately from a New England Indian word (it figures in river and lake names in Maine, where it is apparently from Abenaki and means "dark water"). Much-imitated in its day; in 1917 the Moxie Company won an infringement suit against a competitor's beverage marketed as "Proxie."

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


  1. Courage; guts: You're young and tough and got the moxie and can hit
  2. Energy; assertive force; pizzazz: We knew you had the old moxie, the old get out and get
  3. Skill; competence; shrewdness: showed plenty of moxie as he scattered seven hits the rest of the way

[1908+; the semantic history is not entirely clear; best known fr the advertising slogan ''What this country needs is plenty of Moxie,'' used for a brand of soft drink registered in 1924; but other Moxie drinks preexisted this: a patent ''nerve medicine'' of the same name was marketed in 1876; the name may be based on a New England Indian term found in several Maine place names and perhaps in the name of a plant, moxie-berry]

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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moxie in Technology

language, music
A language for real-time computer music synthesis, written in XPL.
["Moxie: A Language for Computer Music Performance", D. Collinge, Proc Intl Computer Music Conf, Computer Music Assoc 1984, pp.217-220].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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