- Also called moonsail [moon-suh l, -seyl] /ˈmun səl, -ˌseɪl/. Nautical. a light square sail set above a skysail.
- a simpleton.
Origin of moonraker
Examples from the Web for moonraker
I expect Mr. Heeler's waiting for you in "Moonraker's," father.
So that, if you stay more than an hour in the Moonraker's Inn, you'll be late for it.
Let's go to the "Moonraker's" and forget there's such a thing as women in the world.
A Moonraker is also the nickname for a native of Wiltshire, and a very silly story is told there as its origin.The History of Signboards
- nautical a small square sail set above a skysail
Word Origin and History for moonraker
in England, a name traditionally given to Wiltshire people, attested from 1787, is from the stock joke about fools who mistook the reflection of the moon in a pond for a cheese and tried to rake it out. But as told in Wiltshire, the men were surprised trying to rake up kegs of smuggled brandy, and put off the revenuers by acting foolish.