moo·​la | \ ˈmü-(ˌ)lä How to pronounce moola (audio) , -lə \
variants: or moolah

Definition of moola

: money Last year was boom time for U.S. corporate law firms that reeled in the moola from a spate of takeovers …Fortune … half-a-million dollars in campaign moola— Carl Hiaasen "My flowered shirt looked cool in the store," Emily says. "But I only have one item to wear with it, and it was a waste of moolah."Zillions We're talking $1.8 billion of dividends a year, so that's major moolah.— Allan Sloan Planning vacations? Sending kids to camp? Going into rehab? It's that time of the year, and no matter what you do, it's going to cost moolah.— Mel Neuhaus

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we dropped some serious moola on that home theater system
Recent Examples on the Web Behind the film lie the Panama Papers—the millions of files, leaked in 2016, that demonstrated how the wealthy stash their moola offshore and thereby avoid the plebeian vulgarity of tax. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Villains Hog the Spotlight in “The Laundromat”," 20 Sep. 2019 The moola-saving-palooza started on July 15 at midnight PT and will end on July 16 at 11:59 PT. Molly Longman,, "Amazon Prime Day's Biggest Fitness Deals," 15 July 2019 The result is a lot of human misery and lost moola. Philip Chard, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burnout reflects a conflict between our inner calling and what we have to do," 13 July 2018 Thankfully, there are tax-free holidays happening across the country this month, meaning there's a lot of moola to be saved on all of those back-to-school necessities, like school supplies and clothes. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "What You Need to Know About This Month's Tax-Free Weekends," 11 Aug. 2017 Everyone agrees the bundles of moola are a lure for criminals, but merchants who can’t access traditional banking have no other way to settle up. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "California marijuana purveyors go mainstream, except for the sacks of cash," 28 Jan. 2018 Lots of hoopla, but, sadly, precious little moola in the offing. Logan Jenkins,, "Timing is everything: Bridge art hits a tipping point," 6 July 2017 Clean highs and punchy midrange provide plenty of realistic sound for relatively little moola. Charlie White, WIRED, "Samsung HT-TX75 5 Disc Home Theater Surround Sound System," 23 Oct. 2007

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First Known Use of moola

1936, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moola

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“Moola.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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