Mouse v. i. [imp. & p. p. Moused p. pr. & vb. n. Mousing ]
1. To watch for and catch mice.
2. To watch for or pursue anything in a sly manner; to pry about, on the lookout for something.
Mous·ing a. Impertinently inquisitive; prying; meddlesome. “Mousing saints.”
1. The act of hunting mice.
2. Naut. 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 straighening out.
3. A ratchet movement in a loom.
Mousing hook, a hook with an attachment which prevents its unhooking.