mo·​sey ˈmō-zē How to pronounce mosey (audio)
moseyed; moseying

intransitive verb

: to hurry away
: to move in a leisurely or aimless manner : saunter
moseyed around the general storeEric Sevareid

Examples of mosey in a Sentence

He moseyed up to the bar.
Recent Examples on the Web Then head two hours over to Charleston, South Carolina, to mosey down quiet roads lined with colorful houses and spring flowers. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 25 Mar. 2024 Start by earning a musical education at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, then mosey over to the Country Music Store for a souvenir to take home or something to wear to the night’s show. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 6 Mar. 2024 Those in Vegas for the game get a week to mosey up to sportsbooks and place wagers on the big game, getting action in all things from player props to the coin toss to the result. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 5 Feb. 2024 The magazine, a dime Western Ruscha had in the studio, is one of several real-world objects that crop up unexpectedly in otherwise coherent pictures—pencils that seem stuck to canvases, insects moseying about works on paper, that tin of Spam. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 2 Nov. 2023 The pair moseyed the budget-friendly aisles, going from consumers to culture jammers in the process. Mariella Rudi, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2023 The bear takes a final look around before finally moseying through the gate and out into the street (straight toward two unsecured trash cans). Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 7 Sep. 2023 These boots will keep you comfortable on your feet, whether jaunting through the airport, sightseeing, shopping, or moseying around a networking event. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 15 Aug. 2023 Looks like Red Dead Redemption is moseying onto the Switch and PS4 (and the PS5 via backward compatibility). Andrew Webster, The Verge, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mosey was circa 1829

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“Mosey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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