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 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.

Examples of moxie in a Sentence

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 Time after time, Mond has shown moxie and grit with an even-keel approach on the field. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "3 reasons why Texas A&M could be better in 2020, including something they haven’t had since 2011 with Ryan Tannehill," 8 Jan. 2020 Both of those teams found the right formula of underdog moxie and overdog confidence to ride a wave of wins, to silence the oddsmakers and doubters., "Patriots getting a taste of how the other half lives - The Boston Globe," 1 Jan. 2020 Minshew, the Jacksonville rookie quarterback who burst onto the NFL scene after Jaguars starter Nick Foles went down in the season opener, has played with moxie while throwing for 1,976 yards with a 98.8 passer rating. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Von Miller hopes the Broncos are about to have their Gardner Minshew moment on Sunday against the Browns," 31 Oct. 2019 Last week in a 48-31 victory over UCLA in the Rose Bowl, his perseverance, moxie and guts came together. oregonlive, "Oregon State quarterback Jake Luton is having himself a standout season," 8 Oct. 2019 Beckham also watched his young and then embattled quarterback Baker Mayfield re-gain his moxie and confidence in Baltimore, which should bode well for their future. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Odell Beckham Jr. out to erase the memory of his lone, bad postseason game: ‘I just want to get back to the playoffs’," 5 Oct. 2019 With a full moon above and Tiger Stadium howling on a crisp fall night, Trask showed the moxie of a seasoned veteran much of the night, not a player making his first career start on the road. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators’ offense stalls late during 42-28 loss at LSU," 18 Sep. 2019 There is the breakout of rookie guard Kendrick Nunn, the moxie of 19-year-old Tyler Herro, the two-way relentlessness of Bam Adebayo, the seamless shift to the bench by Goran Dragic. Ira Winderman,, "Even Erik Spoelstra shocked by Heat’s place in pace race (with good reason)," 30 Oct. 2019 Give us a sense of place, give us moxie, comfort us with surprise and context and imagination. Los Angeles Times, "What’s missing at vegan Nic’s on Beverly? Creative, exciting cooking," 17 Oct. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

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“Moxie.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of moxie

US, informal + old-fashioned
: the ability to be active
: courage or determination

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