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

  • intransitive v. Informal To move in a leisurely, relaxed way; saunter: moseyed over to the club after lunch.
  • intransitive v. Informal To get going; move along.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • v. walk leisurely


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)



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  • 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

  • Penny Arcade (05/24/10):

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

    June 8, 2010