mooch·​er | \ ˈmü-chər How to pronounce moocher (audio) \
plural moochers

Definition of moocher

: one who exploits the generosity of others : a person who mooches off others Whether it's stiffing drinking buddies with the check, bumming rides, "borrowing" cigarettes or sponging off meals, moochers can push the limits of friendship by making a habit of manipulating others to avoid paying their fair share.— Liane Yvkoff … have a simplistic morality tale to tell. People who receive direct government assistance in the form of Medicare, Social Security, or… welfare are simply assumed to be moochers.— Neil H. Nuchanan If Congress is slashing welfare, the blade ought to come down as brutally on corporate moochers as on social programs.— Carl Hiaasen

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1857, in the meaning defined above

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“Moocher.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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