Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To move in a leisurely, relaxed way; saunter.
  • intransitive verb To get going; move along.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A dialectal variant of mossy.
  • To move off or away quickly; get out; “light out.”
  • To be lively; be quick; “hustle.”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb colloq. To go, or move (in a certain manner); -- usually with out, off, along, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb dialectal To set off, get going; to start a journey.
  • verb dialectal To amble; to walk or proceed in a leisurely manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb walk leisurely

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

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  • Penny Arcade (05/24/10):

    "I just got into town and I want to mosey. How do I mosey?"

    June 8, 2010

  • To lampbane,

    You get off your horse, tie him to the hitching post and mosey into the saloon. Your boots help you saunter with a rolling gait.

    December 13, 2014