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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: muchier 'to hide'

mooch

verb
     
mooch [transitive]
American English informal to get something by asking someone to give you it, instead of paying for it [= scrounge British English]
mooch something off somebody
He tried to mooch a drink off me.

mooch around/about

phrasal verb
to move around slowly without any purpose and doing very little:
Beth was happy to mooch around for hours in her nightdress.

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