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 (mo͞och) 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 mowchen, probably from Old French muchier, to hide, skulk.]

mooch′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.moocher - someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)
beggar, mendicant - a pauper who lives by begging
schnorrer, shnorrer - (Yiddish) a scrounger who takes advantage of the generosity of others


Slang. One who begs habitually or for a living:
Informal: panhandler.
Slang: bummer.
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