mooch (mch) Informal
v. mooched, mooch·ing, mooch·es
1. To obtain or try to obtain by begging; cadge. See Synonyms at cadge.
2. To steal; filch.
1. To get or try to get something free of charge; sponge: lived by mooching off friends.
2. To wander about aimlessly.
3. To skulk around; sneak.
1. One who begs or cadges; a sponge.
2. A dupe, as in a confidence game.
[Middle English michen, mowchen, to pilfer, steal (small things), probably from Old French mucier, muchier, to conceal, hide, from Vulgar Latin *mūciāre, possibly of Gaulish origin and akin to Old Irish múchad, a covering over, smothering, stifling, from a Proto-Celtic root *mūk-, *muk-, to stifle, hide; possibly further akin to Old High German muhhen, muhhon, to lie in ambush.]
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