- a person who distills or sells liquor, especially corn liquor, illegally.
- a person who pursues any illegal trade or activity at night.
Origin of moonshiner
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Examples from the Web for moonshiner
The scenes are laid along the waters of the Cumberland, the lair of moonshiner and feudsman.The Harbor
It was evident that the moonshiner was mellow from draughts of his own potent product.Heart of the Blue Ridge
The process of capturing the moonshiner has changed considerably from that of other days.Blue Ridge Country
The moonshiner believed that I would protect him as my prisoner.Fighting Byng
"He probably imagines we are sheriffs after him for a moonshiner," said Tom.The Four Corners
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- US and Canadian a person who illegally makes or smuggles distilled spirits
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