To mooch is to take advantage of other people's generosity without giving anything in return. If you constantly mooch rides from your friend, she's going to get tired of agreeing to drive you around.

When you mooch food from your neighbors — showing up every night at dinnertime, or appearing uninvited at their family barbecues — you help yourself to free meals. A person in the habit of doing this is also called a mooch. The word's original definition, "pretend poverty," might stem from the Middle English word mucchen, "to be stingy," or literally, "to keep coins in one's nightcap."

Definitions of mooch

v ask for and get free; be a parasite

bum, cadge, grub, sponge
live off somebody's generosity
Type of:
come into possession of

n someone who mooches or cadges (tries to get something free)

cadger, moocher, scrounger
schnorrer, shnorrer
(Yiddish) a scrounger who takes advantage of the generosity of others
Type of:
beggar, mendicant
a pauper who lives by begging

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