moocher


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mooch

 (mo͞och) Informal
v. mooched, mooch·ing, mooch·es
v.tr.
1. To obtain or try to obtain by begging; cadge. See Synonyms at cadge.
2. To steal; filch.
v.intr.
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.
n.
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

moocher

noun
Slang. One who begs habitually or for a living:
Informal: panhandler.
Slang: bummer.
References in classic literature ?
He used a very loud cough, instead of a presidential hammer, and said: "Splendid work young Moocher's doing in Burmah.
Whether you're a stroller, roamer, shuffler, moocher or a marcher the Greater Manchester Walking Festival has something for you.
Tracks include Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn, The Ballad Of Smokie Joe, Minnie The Moocher, Kicking The Gong Around, The Old Man Of The Mountain, Daddy Rollin' Stone, Titanic Blues, Gangster's Blues and Brother Can You Spare A Dime.
Thomas Reed, R-N.Y., said lifting the SALT cap would allow the state to "stop double taxation, actually cut taxes for Northern New Jersey, kill the New Jersey-targeted political games coming out of the IRS and prevent more people and business from moving out of Jersey to the moocher states."
American jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway was also born in New York on Christmas Day, 1907, and became famous for songs like Minnie The Moocher, The Jumpin' Jive and Hi-De-Ho Man.
American jazz singer and bandleader Cab Calloway was also born in New York, on Christmas Day, 1907, and became famous for songs like Minnie The Moocher, The Jumpin' Jive and Hi-De-Ho Man.
The frenetic performer, known as "Hi De Ho" man, led one of the greatest bands of the swing era and was known for his appearances at Harlem's iconic Cotton Club, and for the million-selling "Minnie The Moocher."
Just a Moocher? "You also don't know if that cat belongs to another neighbor and is an indoor-outdoor cat who is a moocher who makes his rounds getting breakfast at one house and lunch at another," says Katherine A.
In Set One, she channels various incarnations of femme fatales with songs such as "Falling in Love Again" by Marlene Dietrich and "Minnie the Moocher" by Cab Calloway and Irving Mills.
As illustrated in the famous "Minnie the Moocher" episode from 1932, Betty was determined to rise up from the Lower East Side tenements and make it on her own.
And of course, even the most scrupulous parent would probably agree: Letting your 13-year-old watch "The Emperor's New Groove" using your account doesn't make them a moocher.
After discussing his consistent poor performance, looking at me straight in the eye, he said: I don't want a moocher to stay longer in our company, Noli.