moon·shine | \ˈmün-ˌshīn \

Definition of moonshine 

1 : moonlight

2 : empty talk : nonsense

3 : intoxicating liquor especially : illegally distilled corn whiskey

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Synonyms & Antonyms for moonshine


alcohol, drink, inebriant, intoxicant, liquor, spirits



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Examples of moonshine in a Sentence

Everything they said was just a load of moonshine. during Prohibition, moonshine and “bathtub gin” were made secretly

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Culinary Backstreets offers gastronomic tours ($95 for 7 hours, includes all food and drink) of Tbilisi that include a full wine tasting as well as a crash course on chacha, the local moonshine. Debra Kamin, New York Times, "36 Hours in Tbilisi," 7 June 2018 Before Williams' time, country music had been associated with alcohol as far back as the early 1900s, when many acts hailed from Appalachia, known as moonshine territory. Emily Yahr,, "Country music's sobering truths," 30 June 2018 My house is a red-cedar cabin on the land where my grandfather used to make moonshine. Marc Myers, WSJ, "A Pulitzer-Prize Winner Learned Storytelling in the Deep South," 3 July 2018 Enterprising entrepreneurs modified their vehicles to create space to haul moonshine and souped up the engines to outrun revenue agents. Alan Ashe, CNN, "It's National Moonshine Day. We answer your questions," 7 June 2018 Looking for a local establishment that carries moonshine? Cassie Armstrong,, "Moonshine Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 5 June 2018 Two Kentucky State Police officers and a county coroner were indicted on multiple counts Thursday including stealing hundreds of rounds of ammo and more than a dozen weapons, and illegally transporting moonshine and eyeballs. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Ammo, moonshine and eyeballs: Kentucky cops and coroner indicted," 7 June 2018 Small-batch distilleries producing legal moonshine have popped up all over the country. Cassie Armstrong,, "Moonshine Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 5 June 2018 Rick Bragg writes like Rick Bragg, and his is a world of skillets and moonshine, possums and hogs, full of tornadoes and hardworking men who tell tales and drink and treasure a silent moment leaning against a tree. Max Watman, WSJ, "Southern food and Southern Charm," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of moonshine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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moon shell





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English Language Learners Definition of moonshine

: a kind of alcohol that people make illegally

: foolish or untrue words


moon·shine | \ˈmün-ˌshīn \

Kids Definition of moonshine

1 : moonlight

2 : alcoholic liquor produced illegally

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