Definition of mosey in English:


verbmoseying, moseyed

  • no object, with adverbial of direction Walk or move in a leisurely manner.

    ‘we decided to mosey on up to Montgomery’
    • ‘Billie moseyed over stroking the dog as she came.’
    • ‘With that she hopped outside and moseyed over to her trailer.’
    • ‘Lillian moseyed on over at that point and asked us what we were drinking.’
    • ‘Ignoring it I stood up and moseyed over to the magazine rack to find something more educational.’
    • ‘Greg moseyed out of the trailer and ambled over to his bike, taking comfort in the knowledge that the police would be looking for a guy in a Santa suit.’
    • ‘Let's mosey on over to the drink table shall we?’
    • ‘And without further instruction, Scarlet moseyed on over to where I was and put her arm across my shoulder like an old friend.’
    • ‘It didn't take too long to find my bag on the carousel, and I moseyed on out of the terminal in Sydney to ring for my lift.’
    • ‘After the last students had moseyed out, they grabbed their books and backpacks and made their way down the stairs to Mr. Glinner's desk.’
    • ‘I was out the door and on my way to school in about forty minutes, walking at an unusually slow pace that one could almost consider moseying.’
    • ‘So I moseyed down to the video shop and borrowed The Matrix.’
    • ‘Ashton sighed and moseyed over to the chair behind me.’
    • ‘We moseyed on over to the theatre as leisurely as we could, and yet we still got there roughly twenty minutes early.’
    • ‘Oh, wonderful, now everyone is moseying over to their friends and chit-chatting.’
    • ‘Ryan managed to catch me before he moseyed on out.’
    • ‘In the meantime, mosey on down to Blackpool for a chat with the cast.’
    • ‘However, this wasn't good enough, so after 10 heated minutes I moseyed on home to get my passport.’
    • ‘We all say bye and wave again, and she and David mosey on out of the coffee shop.’
    • ‘I stood up and moseyed through the shops until I saw a little denim messenger bag and bought it with my credit card.’
    • ‘Well, we'd best be moseying along.’
    • ‘Kids who would have been at school today moseyed along the street aimlessly, chatting to friends and laughing about their favourite South Park episode.’
    stroll, saunter, amble, wend one's way, trudge, plod, hike, tramp, trek, march, stride, troop, patrol, step out, wander, ramble, tread, prowl, footslog, promenade, roam, traipse
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  • A leisurely walk or drive.

    ‘I'll just have a mosey round’
    • ‘Sunday I slept late, then headed to the craft market for a mosey around before I had to go and count votes for the European election, which was educational but really very tedious.’
    • ‘We're off to Brick Lane and Shoreditch for a mosey round.’
    • ‘They come out mainly at night for a mosey around.’
    • ‘Following a recent mosey around the retailers, I noticed two more retailers that appear ostensibly cheap.’
    • ‘We skipped the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim and instead took a mosey around a few private galleries on the Upper East Side.’


Early 19th century (originally US): of unknown origin. The original sense was ‘go away quickly’.