- 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. (British English) to walk slowly with no particular purpose; to be somewhere not doing very much synonym potter He's happy to mooch around the house all day. We had coffee then mooched down to the beach.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] mooch (something) (off somebody) (North American English) to get money, food, etc. from somebody else instead of paying for it yourself synonym cadge He's always mooching off his friends. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘to hoard’): probably from Old French muchier (Anglo-Norman muscher)
BrE BrE//muːtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//muːtʃ//(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mooch
BrE BrE//muːtʃ//; NAmE NAmE//muːtʃ//he / she / it mooches
BrE BrE//ˈmuːtʃɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmuːtʃɪz//past simple mooched
BrE BrE//muːtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//muːtʃt//past participle mooched
BrE BrE//muːtʃt//; NAmE NAmE//muːtʃt//-ing form mooching
BrE BrE//ˈmuːtʃɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmuːtʃɪŋ//