Definition of mosh in US 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.

    • ‘It's a rare pleasure to see a crowd that isn't moshing or pogoing, but actually dancing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Young music fans don't mind being shoulder to shoulder at a concert, bouncing or even moshing to the beat.’
    • ‘Then out of the blue another fast metal song began and the people around them began to mosh again.’
    • ‘The music had barely started and half the crowd was moshing and yelling.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An extra plus is that the song would infuse any crowd at a live show to get up and mosh or dance.’
    • ‘A look of pain crossed Angel's face as she surveyed the other concert attendees who were dancing and moshing.’
    • ‘You know you're big when your fans are moshing in front of the stage.’
    • ‘Were you surprised to see those drunk scruffy bastards start moshing?’
    • ‘She stopped moshing, captivated by Charles and Mike.’
    • ‘Zack jumped in and started moshing with everyone else.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just about restrained myself from moshing into the crowd.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At others, he poked fun at the critics, or simply moshed with the crowd.’
    • ‘Then it all came flooding back; the shorter one was the guy I had knocked over while moshing.’
    • ‘The crowd is full of devoted fans partying and moshing and dancing.’
    dance, jig, leap, jump, skip, bounce
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Origin

1980s: perhaps from mash or mush.

Pronunciation

mosh

/mɑʃ//mäSH/