moon·​shin·​er | \ ˈmün-ˌshī-nər How to pronounce moonshiner (audio) \

Definition of moonshiner

: a maker or seller of illicit whiskey

Examples of moonshiner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Deputy Game Warden Robert Marshall was shot and killed by a moonshiner in Preble County in 1922 while investigating a poaching incident on a farm. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 17 Apr. 2021 The president also offered full pardons to a Pittsburgh dentist convicted of false billing, an Oklahoma moonshiner, and a Florida marijuana smuggler. Justin Sink,, 23 Dec. 2020 Like old-time revenue officers heading into the backwoods to arrest moonshiners, Angel and his colleagues faced angry miners used to operating with impunity. Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2020 As a young man, Johnson built a reputation as a moonshiner who could outrun the law on the mountain roads like no one else. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Dec. 2019 As a young man, Johnson built a reputation as a moonshiner who could outrun the law on the mountain roads like no one else., 21 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of moonshiner

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Moonshiner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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