Lived by mooching off friends.
Origin of mooch
- Middle English mowchen probably from Old French muchier to hide, skulk
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English moochen, mouchen (“to pretend poverty"), from Old French muchier, mucier, mucer (“to skulk, hide, conceal"), from Old Frankish *mukjan (“to hide, conceal oneself"), from Proto-Germanic *mukjanÄ…, *mÅ«kÅnÄ… (“to hide, ambush"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)mÅ«g-, *(s)mewgÊ°- (“swindler, thief"). Cognate with Old High German mÅ«hhÅn (“to store, cache, plunder"), Middle High German muchen, mucken (“to hide, stash"), Middle English mÃ¼chen, michen (“to rob, steal, pilfer"). More at mitch.