moonshine

noun

moon·​shine ˈmün-ˌshīn How to pronounce moonshine (audio)
1
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 But the season's No. 1 takeaway was clear: Never drink Mags Bennett's apple pie moonshine. Ew Staff, EW.com, 8 Jan. 2024 The coupe’s trunk could carry 130 gallons of moonshine while racing through mountains to big cities while hopefully staying ahead of persistent revenuers. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, 7 Jan. 2024 Laslo took a shot of moonshine from the bottle in his desk and left with another reporter at 3:54 p.m. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2024 White settlers came at the turn of the 20th century, logging the area’s virgin forests and manufacturing moonshine — big business during Prohibition. Julie Satow, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2023 With gin tastings in the United Kingdom and moonshine in the Appalachian Mountains, these boozy train rides are sure to delight. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 29 Apr. 2023 There’s frequent drinking (whiskey and moonshine), regular cigarette smoking and a reference to cocaine. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2023 Take a tour, have a taste, listen to live music, and maybe purchase a bottle of moonshine of your own. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 30 Sep. 2023 It was founded in 2014 and produces a full line of craft moonshines and sippin' creams, according to the news release. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of moonshine was in the 15th century

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“Moonshine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonshine. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

moonshine

noun
moon·​shine ˈmün-ˌshīn How to pronounce moonshine (audio)
1
2
: meaningless talk : nonsense
3
: alcoholic liquor
especially : illegally produced whiskey made from corn
moonshiner
-ˌshī-nər
noun

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