moon·​shine | \ ˈmün-ˌshīn How to pronounce moonshine (audio) \

Definition of moonshine

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

Examples of moonshine in a Sentence

Everything they said was just a load of moonshine. during Prohibition, moonshine and “bathtub gin” were made secretly
Recent Examples on the Web Todd also had several flavors of moonshine that tasted scarily good, very much like fruit juice. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 31 May 2022 Go moonshine and wine sampling at the many stops along the Gatlinburg strip. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, 1 June 2022 His novels too are set in a lawless South, their characters so surreal and disturbed they could be found only in dead-end towns marked by dirt roads and moonshine. Los Angeles Times, 15 Mar. 2022 Bourbon is new to this generation of distillers, but the Neeleys have been making moonshine in Eastern Kentucky for 11-generations but only the most recent two have been legal. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 6 June 2022 The best way to describe it is as the Irish version of moonshine. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Jeni’s previously experimented with other savory flavors, including Parmesan and zucchini bread, and young Gouda with moonshine cranberries. Katie Deighton, WSJ, 8 May 2022 In America, where the most popular racing events feature the stock cars that were born of moonshine runners, the opposite usually obtains. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 The event will also feature Ole Smoky moonshine frozen slushies with dozens of flavor combinations to choose from, as well as Miller/Coors and Braxton beers and Coca-Cola fountain drinks. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 11 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of moonshine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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moon·​shine | \ ˈmün-ˌshīn How to pronounce moonshine (audio) \

Kids Definition of moonshine

1 : moonlight
2 : alcoholic liquor produced illegally

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