\ ˈmäsh How to pronounce mosh (audio) \
moshed; moshing; moshes

Definition of mosh

intransitive verb

: to engage in uninhibited often frenzied activities (such as intentional collision) with others near the stage at a rock concert

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Other Words from mosh

mosher noun

Examples of mosh in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But over the hill, the grimier world of Hollywood is home to her soon-to-be boyfriend Randy (Josh Whitehouse), whose pierced and tatted pals prefer moshing at punk shows. Natalia Winkelman, New York Times, "‘Valley Girl’ Review: A Jukebox Musical in the Key of Irony," 8 May 2020 Downstairs at the Regent Theater on Friday night, just days after 20-year-old Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was in the Hollywood Hills, hundreds of young fans moshed and circle-pitted while Atlanta hip-hop artist Thouxanbanfauni performed. Los Angeles Times, "Across L.A., hip-hop fans mourn the loss of Pop Smoke and other young stars: ‘It’s part of the culture now’," 23 Feb. 2020 The audience cheered like mad for everyone, waving things, crowd-surfing, messing with cops, moshing under swirling colored lights. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "Watching Bernie Sanders Claim Victory in New Hampshire," 12 Feb. 2020 About 20 Igor-alikes, an array reminiscent of Eminem’s breakout performance at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, accented the scene, all captured by what may well have been the Grammys’ first-ever moshing-along camera. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "A Big Night for the Grammys’ Rookie Class," 27 Jan. 2020 For the first time, the air-conditioning was not enough to stifle the heat rising from the moshing fans. Jessi Roti,, "ComplexCon debuts in Chicago, and it’s a hypebeast’s world at McCormick Place," 21 July 2019 The British rapper Kojey Radical, in particular, drew the crowd into a frenzy, leading singalongs and moshing across the trembling National Sawdust floor. Andrew R. Chow, Time, "Meet COLORS, a Rising Powerhouse for Music Discovery," 27 Nov. 2019 Regardless, fans didn't hold back on the floor, moshing, bouncing and, for some, even ripping cattails out of the ground to wave to the music. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Kanye West's 'Jesus is King' inspires mosh pits, strong emotions at LA preview event," 19 Oct. 2019 Teens joyously mosh and throw up metal horns while brandishing the colorful Amazigh flag. Teen Vogue, "16 Stunning Images from Morocco's L'Boulevard 2019 Festival," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mosh

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mosh

perhaps alteration of mash or mush

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“Mosh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mosh

informal : to dance in a wild and rough way near the stage at a rock concert

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