1. [early 19C+] (also mootch) to pilfer, to steal; thus mooching/mouching n. and adj.
2. [mid-19C+] (also moose) often constr. with along, off, out etc, to walk, to go, to amble along.
3. [mid-19C+] to beg, to sponge, to cadge, also vtr, to beg from; thus mooching n.
4. [late 19C+] (also smooch) to loaf around.
5. [late 19C+] (UK tramp) to live as a tramp.
6. [1910s+] to take.
7. [1910s+] (US) to enter surreptitiously.
8. [20C+] (Ulster) to play truant; esp. as on the mooch
[1920s+] (US) to laze around.
[20C+] (US) to beg in a city’s main street.
1. [mid-19C+] living as a professional beggar.
2. [mid-19C+] in search of a given commodity, e.g. money or drugs.
3. [late 19C] (also on the mouch) wandering about.
4. [late 19C] on the lookout.
5. [20C+] (Irish) playing truant.
6. [1940s–50s] (drugs) addicted to drugs.