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 Everyone who is not inside the historically dry ceremony — and would therefore be able to mosey over to a hypothetical bar — is required to keep their PPE mask on, no exceptions. Ariana Romero,, "Lakeith Stanfield Left The Oscars Early For…A Very Fair Reason," 25 Apr. 2021 In particular, the model indicates that a levitating plate could mosey 50 miles overhead while carrying sensor-sized cargo. Max G. Levy, Wired, "Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light," 12 Feb. 2021 The Quick and the Dead' (1995) Sharon Stone moseys into the Old West town of Redemption as a gunfighter looking to settle a score with the ruthless outlaw (Gene Hackman) who runs the place. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'The Basketball Diaries' turns 25: Every Leonardo DiCaprio movie, definitively ranked," 20 Apr. 2020 The hero dog was distracted by a brown horse on the other side of the parking lot fence, who moseyed over to see what his fellow mammals were up to. Steve Rubenstein,, "Hero search dog tries not to let fame of Point Reyes rescue get to his fuzzy head," 26 Feb. 2020 His Republican colleagues could be seen moseying over to his desk and eventually walking away, chewing on something. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Sleeping senators, snacks, shaking heads: What you can't see on TV at Trump's impeachment trial," 28 Jan. 2020 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

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First Known Use of mosey

circa 1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of mosey was circa 1829

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9 May 2021

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“Mosey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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