1North American with object Ask for or obtain (something) without paying for it.
beg, ask for, ask for money, borrowView synonyms
- ‘a bunch of your friends will show up, mooching food’
- ‘I'm mooching off you all the time’
2mooch about/aroundBritish no object Wander in a casual or listless manner.
loiter, linger, potter, skulkView synonyms
- ‘we went for a drive to Chatswood and mooched around the shopping centre there for a bit’
- ‘he just mooched about at home’
1North American A beggar or scrounger.tramp, beggarman, beggarwoman, vagrant, vagabond, down-and-out, homeless person, derelict, mendicantView synonyms
2British in singular A period of wandering in a casual or listless manner.
- ‘I'm going for a mooch around to see what I can find’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘to hoard’): probably from Old French muchier (Anglo-Norman muscher) ‘hide, skulk’ compare with mitch. Current senses date from the mid 19th century.