mooch

verb
\ˈmüch \
mooched; mooching; mooches

Definition of mooch 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 intransitive : to move slowly or apathetically : to wander aimlessly … the rainy afternoons … spent mooching up and down the aisles of small-town pharmacies and hardware stores.— Frederick Busch

2 transitive + intransitive : to get things from another or live off the generosity of others without providing any return payment or benefit : sponge trying to mooch a cigarette mooching money off her brother has been mooching off his parents for years

mooch

noun
plural mooches

Definition of mooch (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal

: one who mooches off others : moocher The last thing he needed was another mooch … trying to sap his energy and take his time …— Steve Pond

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Other Words from mooch

Verb

moocher noun

Examples of mooch in a Sentence

Verb

he's always mooching off of his friends, even though he can easily pay his own way I suspect she's mooching around in the background and keeping an eye on us.

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Much of Wrangell looked unchanged since 1899: false-front buildings and clapboard churches, including one where Muir had mooched a night sleeping on the floor his very first night on Alaska soil. Mark Adams, New York Times, "A D.I.Y. Trip Through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 21 May 2018 Most wedding crashers will mooch a couple glasses of wine and maybe an appetizer. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Wedding crasher steals newlywed's gifts, evades police," 3 June 2018 This idea, that American allies are mooching off the United States, has political as well as economic implications. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Why Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs on US allies are so dangerous," 31 May 2018 With his two gun dogs mooching before a wood fire, Wood betrays a certain weariness of the Beaminster rumor mill, which never stops turning. David Usborne, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Case of the Parnham House Fire," 29 May 2018 Much of Wrangell looked unchanged since 1899: false-front buildings and clapboard churches, including one where Muir had mooched a night sleeping on the floor his first night on Alaska soil. Anchorage Daily News, "A DIY trip through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 26 May 2018 This is mooching to the extreme, because these neighbors seem to have taken your spousal trust in one another. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, "Moocher neighbors need solid boundaries," 7 May 2018 This is mooching to the extreme, because these neighbors seem to have taken your spousal trust in one another. Amy Dickinson, BostonGlobe.com, "Family members’ mooching now hits close to home," 7 May 2018 This is mooching to the extreme, because these neighbors seem to have taken your spousal trust in one another. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Moocher neighbors need solid boundaries," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of mooch

Verb

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mooch

Verb

probably from French dialect muchier to hide, lurk

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mooch around/about

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