moonshine

noun moon·shine \ ˈmün-ˌshīn \
|Updated on: 7 Aug 2018

Definition of moonshine

1 : moonlight
2 : empty talk : nonsense
3 : intoxicating liquor; especially : illegally distilled corn whiskey

Examples of moonshine in a Sentence

  1. Everything they said was just a load of moonshine.

  2. during Prohibition, moonshine and “bathtub gin” were made secretly

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First Known Use of moonshine

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MOONSHINE Defined for English Language Learners

moonshine

Definition of moonshine for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of alcohol that people make illegally

  • : foolish or untrue words


MOONSHINE Defined for Kids

moonshine

noun moon·shine \ ˈmün-ˌshīn \

Definition of moonshine for Students

1 : moonlight
2 : alcoholic liquor produced illegally


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