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

Definition of mosey

intransitive verb

1 : to hurry away
2 : to move in a leisurely or aimless manner : saunter moseyed around the general store— Eric Sevareid

Examples of mosey in a Sentence

He moseyed up to the bar.
Recent Examples on the Web In December, a colleague moseyed by my desk to ask about my beware-of-the-planner article. Emily Baumgaertner, Los Angeles Times, "My New Year’s resolution to be more organized turned into a methodical nightmare," 1 Jan. 2020 In late afternoon, just before shops close, the burros mosey back into the hills. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "10 surprising things about Arizona that you probably don't know," 12 Dec. 2019 The motley crew of fashion plates moseyed over to an open-air tent for a lavish feast prepared by Snooze Eatery, Hilton Americas Houston, Pat Greer's Kitchen, Common Bond Cafe & Bakery, and La Table. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Recipe for Success serves Neiman Marcus fashion, brunch and Tito's Vodka at Hope Farms," 13 Nov. 2019 The video shows a handful of cows moseying around the neighborhood while families stood outside to marvel at the strange occurrence. Ricky Pinela,, "Video: Herd of cows invades Central Florida neighborhood after tornado strikes," 22 Oct. 2019 Thursday, for Part Two (repeating through Sunday), Dudamel moseyed a bit farther west and a lot farther south. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Dudamel channels American cowboys, indigenous Mexicans, ethnic groups of South America," 11 Oct. 2019 The event will feature a 1.25-mile route for classic cars to mosey around the fairgrounds. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Civil War Days re-enactment returns to Huntington Beach," 29 Aug. 2019 Getty Images Much like the rest of the music industry, Drake moseyed on down to the desert for Coachella over the weekend, and opted to stay at The Madison Club—a fancy hotel for the rich and famous. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Drake Just Accused This Swanky Coachella Club of Racial Profiling," 17 Apr. 2017 Dylan often moseys cheerfully through the house with a torn soccer ball hanging from his mouth. Heather Cocks, Redbook, "Why I Let My Kids Break All the Rules," 7 July 2011

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First Known Use of mosey

circa 1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mosey

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The first known use of mosey was circa 1829

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17 Jan 2020

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“Mosey.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mosey

US, informal : to walk or move in a slow and relaxed way

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