Definition of moocher in English:



North American
derogatory, informal
  • A person who lives off others without giving anything in return.

    ‘no one gave me any handouts like these moochers expect’
    • ‘There is value in sharing without expecting reciprocity, but if you do that with a moocher, there's really no value to either side.’
    • ‘My moocher ex is getting married, and wants me to come to the wedding.’
    • ‘There's nothing we hate more than a moocher taking our last beer.’
    • ‘Clark might still be rich if he had simply learned to say "no" to impulse buying and moochers expecting everything from free drinks to large loans.’
    • ‘Still hoping to get rid of the moocher, Lucy decides to hit him where it hurts—and removes all the food from the house.’
    • ‘Who are these feckless, irresponsible moochers using bankruptcy to avoid paying legitimate debts?’
    • ‘Around $2 million worth of goods are being stolen weekly, probably by those same moochers who are too lazy to feed their own kids.’
    • ‘The politicians of both political parties are bragging that they've "reformed" welfare by kicking the most egregious moochers off the dole.’
    • ‘He is enabling his moocher brother, and between the unannounced visits and the financial drain he is allowing his brother to disturb your marriage.’
    • ‘They tried to boot the moocher and his live-in girlfriend from their home.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘person who loiters aimlessly’): from mooch + -er.