mox·​ie | \ ˈmäk-sē How to pronounce moxie (audio) \

Definition of moxie

1 : energy, pep woke up full of moxie
2 : courage, determination it takes … moxie to pull up roots and go to a land where the culture and probably the language are totally foreign— M. J. McClary
3 : know-how was impressed with his musical moxie and hired him as a solo

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"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 the early 1900s. In its heyday, some claim that the soft drink named Moxie outsold Coca-Cola. 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." In quick time, 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.

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He showed a lot of moxie in questioning the policy. it was old-fashioned military moxie that got medical supplies to the disaster site in record time
Recent Examples on the Web Trade to end all trades: At the start of the season, after weeks of rumors and on-again, off-again negotiations, the Wings acquired power forward Brendan Shanahan from the lowly Hartford Whalers to add goals, size, toughness and moxie. Gene Myers, Detroit Free Press, 28 May 2022 Author Jen Hatmaker recounts some tales from her past that will truly speak to you and that exemplify her moxie. Ysolt Usigan, Woman's Day, 9 May 2022 This new Polar Class 6 expedition vessel is a product of Hagen’s visionary leadership as well as a testament to his moxie. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Part of the reason for the DNC’s show of moxie is that Biden won the 2020 nomination in the South Carolina primary, despite finishing an embarrassing fourth in the Iowa caucuses and fifth in the New Hampshire primary. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 Tucker comes off as such a lovably tough cookie, though, some of that may not be that tough to figure out just from the lifelong moxie alone. Chris Willman, Variety, 13 Mar. 2022 The 5-foot-5 Turney displayed moxie with her tenacity on defense to go with a promising offensive game. Bobby Narang,, 5 Jan. 2022 Now the Aztecs — who last won an NCAA Tournament game in 2015, losing four of the last five — will measure their own March moxie. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Mar. 2022 Frot, a 10-time Caesar Award-nominee (and two-time winner), brings sufficient moxie and resilience to her part and proves a solid presence, but her character doesn’t unfold and grow in satisfying enough ways. Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of moxie

1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for moxie

from Moxie, a trademark for a soft drink

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“Moxie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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