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[moon-shahy-ner] /ˈmunˌʃaɪ nər/
noun, Informal.
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
An Americanism dating back to 1855-60; moonshine + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The scenes are laid along the waters of the Cumberland, the lair of moonshiner and feudsman.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • It was evident that the moonshiner was mellow from draughts of his own potent product.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • The process of capturing the moonshiner has changed considerably from that of other days.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • The moonshiner believed that I would protect him as my prisoner.

    Fighting Byng

    A. Stone
  • "He probably imagines we are sheriffs after him for a moonshiner," said Tom.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard
  • He was the only child, so far as he knew, of a moonshiner's daughter.

  • The boys looked at the moonshiner, who returned their stares with interest.

  • His venture as a moonshiner at all events was, so to speak, a side line of employ.

    The Ordeal Charles Egbert Craddock
  • It might be anything from a stray cow to a moonshiner on his way to work.

    A Maid of the Kentucky Hills Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • The way our moonshiner's nest was found out was very romantic.

    The Twin Hells John N. Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for moonshiner


(US & Canadian) a person who illegally makes or smuggles distilled spirits
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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