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  1. present participle of mouse


mousing (plural mousings)

  1. The act of hunting mice (or similar prey), especially by pouncing on them from above.
  2. (nautical) A turn or lashing of spun yarn or small stuff, or a metallic clasp or fastening, uniting the point and shank of a hook to prevent its unhooking or straightening out.
  3. A ratchet movement in a loom.


mousing (comparative more mousing, superlative most mousing)

  1. Impertinently inquisitive; prying; meddlesome.
    • L'Estrange
      Mousing saints.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for mousing in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)