moonshiner

noun
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 The president also offered full pardons to a Pittsburgh dentist convicted of false billing, an Oklahoma moonshiner, and a Florida marijuana smuggler. Justin Sink, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Pardons Former Campaign Aide, Two Former GOP Lawmakers," 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, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 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, "Junior Johnson, “The Last American Hero,” dies at 88," 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. BostonGlobe.com, "NASCAR announced the death of Johnson, the winner of 50 races as a driver and 132 as an owner. He was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.," 21 Dec. 2019 Long a legend among moonshiners and race aficionados in the North Carolina hills, Mr. Johnson entered the larger public consciousness thanks to Wolfe’s 1965 magazine story, which ranks among the greatest profiles in 20th-century American journalism. Matt Crossman, Washington Post, "Junior Johnson, winner of 50 NASCAR races, dies at 88," 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. Anchorage Daily News, "Junior Johnson, “The Last American Hero,” dies at 88," 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. BostonGlobe.com, "NASCAR announced the death of Johnson, the winner of 50 races as a driver and 132 as an owner. He was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2010.," 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. Anchorage Daily News, "Junior Johnson, “The Last American Hero,” dies at 88," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of moonshiner

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Moonshiner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonshiner. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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