from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To obtain or try to obtain by begging; cadge. See Synonyms at cadge.
- transitive v. To steal; filch.
- intransitive v. To get or try to get something free of charge; sponge: lived by mooching off friends.
- intransitive v. To wander about aimlessly.
- intransitive v. To skulk around; sneak.
- n. One who begs or cadges; a sponge.
- n. A dupe, as in a confidence game.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To wander around aimlessly, often causing irritation to others.
- v. To beg, cadge, or sponge; to exploit or take advantage of others for personal gain.
- v. To steal or filch.
- n. One who mooches; a moocher.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. to ask for and get free; to borrow without intending to repay; to sponge; -- usually with objects of small value.
- transitive v. To beg for.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- See mouch.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. ask for and get free; be a parasite
- n. someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
Middle English mowchen, probably from Old French muchier, to hide, skulk.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English moochen, mouchen, michen ("to pretend poverty"), from Old French muchier, mucier, mucer ("to skulk, hide, conceal"), from Old Frankish *mukjan ("to hide, conceal oneself"), from Proto-Germanic *mukjanan, *mukōnan (“to hide, ambush”), from Proto-Indo-European *meug-, *meuk- (“to slip, slide”). Cognate with Old High German mūhhōn ("to store, cache, plunder"), Middle High German muchen, mucken ("to hide, stash"). (Wiktionary)