noun mox·ie \ˈmäk-sē\

Definition of moxie

  1. 1 :  energy, pep woke up full of moxie

  2. 2 :  courage, determination it takes … to pull up roots and go to a land where the culture and probably the language are totally foreign — M. J. McClary

  3. 3 :  know-how was impressed with his musical moxie and hired him as a solo

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Examples of moxie in a sentence

  1. He showed a lot of moxie in questioning the policy.

  2. it was old-fashioned military moxie that got medical supplies to the disaster site in record time

Did You Know?

Hot roasted peanuts! Fresh popcorn! Ice-cold Moxie! You might have heard such a snack vendor's cry at a baseball game-if you attended it in 1924. That was the heyday of the soft drink named Moxie, which some claim outsold Coca-Cola at the height of its popularity. The beverage was a favorite of American writer E. B. White, who wrote, "Moxie contains gentian root, which is the path to the good life. This was known in the second century before Christ and is a boon to me today." By 1930, moxie had become a slang term for nerve and verve, perhaps because some people thought the drink was a tonic that could cure virtually any ill and bring vim back to even the most lethargic individual.

Origin and Etymology of moxie

from Moxie, a trademark for a soft drink

First Known Use: 1930

MOXIE Defined for English Language Learners


noun mox·ie \ˈmäk-sē\

Definition of moxie for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to be active

  • : courage or determination

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