Definition of mosh in English:

mosh

verb

[no object]informal
  • Dance to rock music in a violent manner involving jumping up and down and deliberately colliding with other dancers.

    ‘the boys began to mosh, slamming shoulder to shoulder with abandon’
    • ‘I like to dance so I find hip-hop better music to dance to than punk; I can only mosh and jump around for so long.’
    • ‘It's a rare pleasure to see a crowd that isn't moshing or pogoing, but actually dancing.’
    • ‘Walking onto the stage, she began to hyperventilate again, but the crowd couldn't tell, for they were moshing and head-banging to the music.’
    • ‘The music had barely started and half the crowd was moshing and yelling.’
    • ‘A look of pain crossed Angel's face as she surveyed the other concert attendees who were dancing and moshing.’
    • ‘An extra plus is that the song would infuse any crowd at a live show to get up and mosh or dance.’
    • ‘Then out of the blue another fast metal song began and the people around them began to mosh again.’
    • ‘Then it all came flooding back; the shorter one was the guy I had knocked over while moshing.’
    • ‘You know you're big when your fans are moshing in front of the stage.’
    • ‘I just about restrained myself from moshing into the crowd.’
    • ‘The crowd is full of devoted fans partying and moshing and dancing.’
    • ‘Young music fans don't mind being shoulder to shoulder at a concert, bouncing or even moshing to the beat.’
    • ‘Zack jumped in and started moshing with everyone else.’
    • ‘I had this great view and I was mesmerized by all the boys moshing around, and the one girl who joined them, a little spitfire with bleach blond hair who pounded her chest at one point and howled.’
    • ‘While they're one of my favorite bands, I'm really not in the mood to start moshing along with the rest of the bus.’
    • ‘Emily got up and went to stand in front of the stage, making sure she had at least one person blocking her from the moshers… well, kids who thought they were moshing.’
    • ‘At others, he poked fun at the critics, or simply moshed with the crowd.’
    • ‘A couple of kids were moshing, a few more were crowd-surfing, but the entire crowd was feeling the show.’
    • ‘During the whole show I stare up at the stage from the mosh-pit, where nobody moshes since this is industrial new wave and not punk.’
    • ‘She stopped moshing, captivated by Charles and Mike.’
    • ‘Were you surprised to see those drunk scruffy bastards start moshing?’
    dance, jig, leap, jump, skip, bounce
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Origin

1980s: perhaps from mash or mush.

Pronunciation

mosh

/mɒʃ/