mooch

verb \ ˈmüch \

Definition of mooch

intransitive verb
1 : to wander aimlessly : amble; also : sneak
2 : beg, sponge
transitive verb
1 : to take surreptitiously : steal
2 : beg, sponge

moocher

noun

Examples of mooch in a Sentence

  1. he's always mooching off of his friends, even though he can easily pay his own way

  2. I suspect she's mooching around in the background and keeping an eye on us.

Recent Examples of mooch from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'mooch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of mooch

probably from French dialect muchier to hide, lurk

mooch Synonyms

Synonyms
freeload, sponge
Related Words
leech; beg; exploit, use


MOOCH Defined for English Language Learners

mooch

verb

Definition of mooch for English Language Learners

  • : to ask for and get things from other people without paying for them or doing anything for them



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up mooch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to remove or wipe out

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!