moonshiner

noun

moon·​shin·​er ˈmün-ˌshī-nər How to pronounce moonshiner (audio)
: a maker or seller of illicit whiskey

Examples of moonshiner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Formula 1 evolved from international competitions between governments, car manufacturers, and millionaires, NASCAR started out as races between moonshiners and bootleggers who modified cars to outrun cops. David Hill, Rolling Stone, 14 Jan. 2024 With its clean rivers and remote locations, the area also became a haven for moonshiners who set up stills in the heavily forested hills. Sean Murphy, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2023 The story of a cabin set on fire by a hostile tribe on Tom Sawyer Island has also been changed to blame a moonshiner. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 June 2023 While Loretta was the daughter of a coal miner, my mother was the daughter of a moonshiner. Nancy Russell, Variety, 6 Oct. 2022 Her husband, then 21, was a moonshiner who owned the only car in the hollow, an Army Jeep. Terence McArdle, Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2022 Hopkins added to his criminal mystique as a moonshiner alongside Burt Reynolds in White Lightning (1973) and as Tex, a mysterious man who seals Billy Hayes’ (Brad Davis) fate, in Midnight Express (1978). Chris Koseluk, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 May 2022 The roles available in RDO include bounty hunter, naturalist, trader, collector, and moonshiner. Paige Lyman, Wired, 7 Sep. 2021 Daniel, born in Akron with several generations of mechanics in his family (and a possible Tennessee moonshiner), originally wanted to be an architect. cleveland, 6 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of moonshiner was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Moonshiner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonshiner. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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