- to play the truant ; blackberry mooching, to play the truant in order to gather blackberries. Glouc.
A glossary of provincial and local words used in England. Francis Grose. 1790.
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mooch — [mu:tʃ] v [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: muchier to hide ] AmE informal to get something by asking someone to give you it, instead of paying for it British Equivalent: scroungemooch sth off sb ▪ He tried to mooch a drink off me.… … Dictionary of contemporary English
mooch´er — mooch «mooch», Slang. –v.t. 1. to get from another by begging or sponging; beg: »He mooches a couple of cigarettes off me every day. 2. to pilfer; steal. –v.i. 1. to sponge or beg shamelessly. 2. to sneak; … Useful english dictionary
mooch — v. t. 1. to ask for and get free; to borrow without intending to repay; to sponge; usually with objects of small value; as, he mooched a few cigarettes from me. Syn: bum, cadge, grub, sponge. [WordNet 1.5] 2. To beg for. [PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
mooch — [ mutʃ ] verb intransitive or transitive INFORMAL to ask someone to give you something instead of paying for it yourself. British cadge ╾ mooch|er noun count … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
mooch — (v.) mid 15c., pretend poverty, probably from O.Fr. muchier, mucier to hide, sulk, conceal, hide away, keep out of sight, of uncertain origin, perhaps from Celtic or Germanic (Liberman prefers the latter, Klein the former). Or the word may be a… … Etymology dictionary
mooch — mooch·er; mooch; … English syllables
mooch — [v] cadge beg, borrow, bum*, bum off*, freeload, leach off*, scrounge, sponge; concept 89 … New thesaurus
mooch — ► VERB Brit. informal ▪ loiter in a bored or listless way. ORIGIN originally meaning «to hoard», later (in English dialect) play truant to pick blackberries : probably from Old French muscher hide, skulk … English terms dictionary
mooch — [mo͞och] Slang vi. [ME mowchen, dial. var. of mychen, to pilfer: see MICHE] 1. to skulk or sneak 2. to loiter, loaf, or rove about 3. to get food, money, etc. by begging or sponging vt. 1. to steal; pilfer … English World dictionary
mooch — v. (slang) (AE) 1) (D; tr.) ( to beg for ) to mooch from (he mooched a cigarette from me) 2) (d; intr.) ( to sponge ) to mooch off of, on (to mooch on one s friends) * * * [muːtʃ] on (to mooch on one s friends) (d; intr.) ( to sponge ) to mooch… … Combinatory dictionary
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