From the name of an American patent medicine first manufactured about 1885 and perhaps ultimately from an Abenaki word meaning "dark water".
- backbone, determination and fortitude
- initiative or skill
1971, John Updike, Rabbit Redux, page 401:
- As a girl she had speed and a knock-kneed moxie at athletics, and might have done more with it if she hadn't harvested all the glory already.
2011 January 29, Dan Povenmire as Building Engineer, “Rollercoaster: The Musical!”, Phineas and Ferb season 2 episode 38, “Aren't You a Little Young?” (song):
- Yes it's true! / That you seem a little young to do the things that you do, / even with all that moxie you've got.
- ^ "moxie (n.)". Online Etymology Dictionary. 2014. Douglas Harper. 3 September 2014, http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=moxie.