bootleg

noun
boot·​leg | \ ˈbüt-ˌleg How to pronounce bootleg (audio) , -ˌlāg \

Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the upper part of a boot
2 : something bootlegged: such as
b : an unauthorized audio or video recording
3 : a football play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, hides the ball against his hip, and rolls out — compare draw entry 2 sense 8

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging; bootlegs

Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to carry (alcoholic liquor) on one's person illegally
b : to manufacture, sell, or transport for sale (alcoholic liquor) illegally
2a : to produce, reproduce, or distribute illicitly or without authorization

intransitive verb

1 : to engage in bootlegging
2 : to run a bootleg play in football

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Other Words from bootleg

Noun

bootleg adjective

Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

Noun She was arrested for selling bootlegs online. getting caught with bootleg during Prohibition could have resulted in a jail sentence Verb He bootlegged the show and gave copies to several friends.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Their ability to make plays on the ground will allow for bootleg and read-option looks. oregonlive, "Chargers’ Hunter Henry excited to see what team can do on offense," 3 May 2020 At the right moment, Color Dreams’s chip would jolt the 10NES with a brief zap of electricity, sneaking past its fried defenses before the chip could shut the bootleg game down. William Herkewitz, Popular Mechanics, "Cracking the Chip: How Hacking the NES Made It Even Better," 3 May 2020 Their ability to make plays on the ground will allow for bootleg and read-option looks. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Tight end Hunter Henry excited to see what Chargers can do on offense," 2 May 2020 Drinks-wise, Prohibition sparked a creative boom in mixology, as people created sweet cocktails to mask the disgusting taste of bootleg alcohol and to stretch limited supplies. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "In 1950, Americans Had Aspic. Now We Have Dalgona Coffee.," 29 Apr. 2020 The video used bootleg footage from an Allstate commercial featuring company spokesman Dennis Haysbert watching a college basketball game with friends. Katherine Doyle, Washington Examiner, "Twitter deletes video tweeted by Trump mocking Barack Obama's Biden endorsement," 23 Apr. 2020 Iranian media reports that at least 44 people have died from alcohol poisoning — with hundreds hospitalized — after consuming bootleg alcohol in an effort to treat coronavirus. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "At least 44 dead from drinking toxic alcohol in Iran after fake coronavirus cure rumor," 11 Mar. 2020 And please keep in mind that these YouTube embeds are fan bootlegs rather than the boxed set’s cleaned-up, official audio. Morgan Enos, Billboard, "10 Must-Hear Tracks From the Massive New Woodstock Anniversary Box Set," 2 Aug. 2019 What's more, his musical legacy has fallen into a strangely sweet spot on the Internet: big enough to have a huge number of fans uploading all manner of bootlegs and rarities, yet small enough to avoid a DMCA smackdown. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The DMCA bell did not toll for a beloved musician—thus, I could grieve him," 6 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But can watching bootlegged or pirated video on the internet get viewers into trouble, too? Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Is streaming video from sketchy websites illegal?," 16 Dec. 2019 It has rarely been screened in theaters and never released for home video, but it has been widely bootlegged. Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times, "D.A. Pennebaker, pioneering documentarian and Bob Dylan mythmaker, dies at 94," 3 Aug. 2019 Most of their neighbors were inside tents, playing video games or watching movies on their cellphones, electricity bootlegged from a city utility box. Los Angeles Times, "After 9 years on L.A.’s streets, Big Mama needed a home. But it wasn’t that easy," 15 Aug. 2019 But the extras still include a wealth of alternate early takes and demos that have mostly never been released or bootlegged before. Chris Willman, chicagotribune.com, "Beatles’ ‘Abbey Road’ to get deluxe 50-year treatment in September," 8 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, today’s nationalists are happy to demonize a China that bootlegs Mickey Mouse but are silent about the very same China that rounds up internal enemies and puts them in concentration camps. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Why Won’t American Politicians Talk about Chinese Authoritarianism?," 26 June 2019 There was also talk that O’Hara’s mill businesses in Fall River were actually fronts to launder money from bootlegging operations along the New Bedford-Fall River coastline. Richard E. Farley, Town & Country, "The Great American Racetrack War," 9 June 2017 Newton got the linebackers and safeties to freeze on a fake to Jonathan Stewart, bootlegged to his left and dropped a pass to a wide-open Dickson, who rumbled for 57 yards before again being dragged down inside the 10. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Leave it to a teammate to point out weaknesses in Panthers TE Ed Dickson’s record day," 9 Oct. 2017 The next year in Iowa City, Long faked a handoff into the line and bootlegged around the right side untouched for a touchdown with barely any time left to lead No. Scott Dochterman, ajc, "Iowa-Michigan State: Recap, score, analysis for Week 5 game," 30 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bootleg

Noun

1634, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1898, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of bootleg was in 1634

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Last Updated

11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bootleg.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bootleg. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for bootleg

bootleg

noun
How to pronounce bootleg (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an illegal copy of a video, CD, etc., or an illegal recording of a live performance
: alcohol that is made or sold illegally

bootleg

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

: to illegally copy (a video, CD, etc.) or illegally record (a live performance)
: to make or sell (alcoholic liquor) illegally

bootleg

noun
boot·​leg

Legal Definition of bootleg

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something bootlegged

Other Words from bootleg

bootleg adjective

bootleg

verb
bootlegged; bootlegging

Legal Definition of bootleg (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to produce, reproduce, or distribute without authorization or license
2 : smuggle — compare pirate

intransitive verb

: to engage in bootlegging

Other Words from bootleg

bootlegger noun

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