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Unknown. US southernism; conjecturally linked to Spanish vamos (see vamoose) and to British dialectical mose about. Likely derived from Algonquian languages, from the root verb meaning "to walk", pimose.



mosey (third-person singular simple present moseys, present participle moseying, simple past and past participle moseyed)

  1. (chiefly US, dialectal) To set off, get going; to start a journey.
    • 1910, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Kilmeny of the Orchard, ch. 1,
      Haven't got time. I must mosey up to the North End to see a man who has got a lovely throat. Nobody can find out what is the matter. He has puzzled all the doctors.
  2. (chiefly US, dialectal) To amble; to walk or proceed in a leisurely manner.
    • 1919, William MacLeod Raine, A Man Four-Square, ch. 6,
      We'll mosey along toward the river. Kinder take it easy an' drift the herd down slow so as to let the cattle put on flesh.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Associated especially with the dialect of the Old West.