Definition of moccasin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmäkəsən/ /ˈmɑkəsən/

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  • 1A soft leather slipper or shoe, strictly one without a separate heel, having the sole turned up on all sides and sewn to the upper in a simple gathered seam, in a style originating among North American Indians.

    ‘Soft or hard sole slippers, moccasins, slip-ons or mules - these are just a few of the appealing styles you can find.’
    • ‘I inhaled Indian myths, and I crept through the woods near our house, re-enacting these myths, and wishing, wishing, for a pair of soft leather moccasins.’
    • ‘She stepped forward, her soft leather moccasins making hardly a sound on the great white floor.’
    • ‘My soft leather moccasins made no noise as I crept along the path like a shadow.’
    • ‘She pulled on some soft leather moccasins and opened the door to her room very quietly.’
    • ‘Loafers and moccasins are both classic footwear choices, and can be found at various retailers in a number of finishes and styles.’
    • ‘To top it off, wear a light brown belt and light brown leather moccasins.’
    • ‘He crossed the carpet with a lightness and deliberation that drew my eyes to his feet, which were rather small, in soft black moccasins.’
    • ‘Like prickly pear thorns, needle grass penetrated moccasins and leather leggings and punctured the skin.’
    • ‘Behind a pillar, however, a man in fashionably cut jeans, leather moccasins and a hip yellow sweatshirt talks frustratedly into a mobile phone.’
    • ‘Instead, they stuff their moccasins with soft sedge grass to protect their feet against the cold and dampness.’
    • ‘They are full of flannel-lined blue jeans and rugby shirts and leather moccasins and argyle socks.’
    • ‘You can also find a similar pair of moccasins at a trendy men's shoe store near you.’
    • ‘If you want to go over the edge, wear sports shoes or slip-ons or moccasins on the feet.’
    • ‘If you can't afford a luxury limo to waft around in, you can at least press the pedals in the Rolls-Royce of driving shoes: the motor moccasin.’
    • ‘I heard her squeaky moccasin soles crossing the kitchen linoleum.’
    • ‘If you prefer loafers or moccasins, you'll also have a chance to prove your fashion sense this summer, but sandals are really where it's at.’
    • ‘Tall and slim, he has on a tan windbreaker over a plaid shirt with brown slacks, brown moccasins.’
    • ‘He said: ‘I am hoping to make her a really cool Native American wedding dress, with white moccasins and everything.’’
    • ‘The Navajo man kicked at the snake with his moccasin-clad feet, until it fell down the ravine in a series of coils.’
    mule, moccasin, house shoe
  • 2A venomous American pit viper.

    Genus Agkistrodon, family Viperidae: several species, in particular the water moccasin (see cottonmouth) and the highland moccasin (see copperhead.)

    ‘However, the most common snake misidentification that occurs is between the Water Moccasin (Cottonmouth) and virtually any snake found in or near the water.’
    • ‘Water moccasins bask on land, or on logs and stumps near water surface.’


Early 17th century from Virginia Algonquian mockasin. The word is also found in other indigenous languages of the Americas.