mooch

/moohch/, Slang.
v.t.
1. to borrow (a small item or amount) without intending to return or repay it.
2. to get or take without paying or at another's expense; sponge: He always mooches cigarettes.
3. to beg.
4. to steal.
v.i.
5. to skulk or sneak.
6. to loiter or wander about.
n.
7. Also, moocher. a person who mooches.
Also, mouch.
[1425-75; late ME, appar. var. of ME michen < OF muchier to skulk, hide]

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  • 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

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  • 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

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