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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I didn't offer them more coffee, and when they'd gone I mooched around the flat hoping to wind down.
▪ Mom got sick of him mooching meals from us.
▪ I didn't offer them more coffee, and when they'd gone I mooched around the flat hoping to wind down.
▪ If swine, then big wild boar, hunting quietly in the woods for something, mooching about and turning things up.
▪ If you mooch round the block with the pooch, do it by power walking in the park.
▪ Rex mooched about the graves wondering when we were going to have lunch.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

mooch \mooch\ v. t.

  1. to ask for and get free; to borrow without intending to repay; to sponge; -- usually with objects of small value; as, he mooched a few cigarettes from me.

    Syn: bum, cadge, grub, sponge.

  2. To beg for.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

mid-15c., "pretend poverty," probably from Old French muchier, mucier "to hide, sulk, conceal, hide away, keep out of sight," of uncertain origin, perhaps from Celtic or Germanic (Liberman prefers the latter, Klein the former). Or the word may be a variant of Middle English mucchen "to hoard, be stingy" (c.1300), probably originally "to keep coins in one's nightcap," from mucche "nightcap," from Middle Dutch muste "cap, nightcap," ultimately from Medieval Latin almucia, of unknown origin. Sense of "sponge off others" first recorded 1857.\n\nWhatever the distant origin of mooch, the verb *mycan and its cognates have been part of European slang for at least two millennia.


\nRelated: Mooched; mooching. As a noun meaning "a moocher," from 1914.

n. One who mooches; a moocher. vb. 1 (context British English) To wander around aimlessly, often causing irritation to others. 2 To beg, cadge, or sponge; to exploit or take advantage of others for personal gain. 3 (context British English) To steal or filch.


v. ask for and get free; be a parasite [syn: bum, cadge, grub, sponge]


To mooch means to beg or take advantage of others.

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Usage examples of "mooch".

Heada mooch for me, instead of taking klieg by mistake and having to worry about flashing on Mayer and carrying an indelible image of him around in my head forever.

I was mooching through the jungle, the patrol commander, under pressure to perform, trying to make decisions.

The MoD police were mooching around outside with their dogs, making sure no one was going to try to do a runner and sniffing for hidden food.

We were mooching along, no sound except for the occasional slurp of a paddle in the water, when suddenly, from near the lead boat, we heard what sounded like an explosion.

He confided in the landlord that he was having his fortnight off: mooching round the country on the old jigger: rather thought of putting up somewhere for a bit.

Snell took the photograph of the dead boy, but his eyes were on Frost who had got up from the chair and was now mooching about the room, pulling open drawers, rummaging inside.

They went inside with Frost mooching from room to room, not knowing what the hell he was doing there or what he was looking for.

At first I thought I might only get assigned to do a feature spot on those tacky hummel animals who are mooching around the suburbs.

Clever business, this, a bunch of crooks mooching in as drivers for smaller trucking companies and inserting themselves one hundred percent.

Sipping mineral water, puffing on cigarettes mooched from their American counterparts, they read in droning tones from long lists of Hungarian assets that they said were frozen in America fifteen years earlier, and supplied outrageous estimates of the value of those assets.

She smoked cigars, had fifteen mooching Callahan kids running all over the place and her kitchen floor had more sand on it than Pismo Beach at low tide.

Mooch along Charing Cross Road, locate the Groucho, couple of pubs, call her up.

Four or five dogs mooched around the place, looking as if they got fed to no end.

I had a quick check of his kit and that his safety catch was on, and he mooched into the canopy with Tony and Rod.

He mooched around the departure lounge at La Guardia, sipping the free coffee and thinking about Mal Malone.