[ boot-leg-er ]
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  1. a person who makes or sells liquor or other goods illegally: A bootlegger named George Cassiday secretly supplied members of Congress with liquor during Prohibition.The sort of criminals of interest to the piracy commission are large-scale DVD bootleggers, not individual downloaders.

Origin of bootlegger


Words Nearby bootlegger Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bootlegger in a sentence

  • Mr. Rosen was by way of being—by a roundabout way of being—what technically is known as a bootlegger.

    Sundry Accounts | Irvin S. Cobb
  • According to the estimate of the narrator, a bootlegger passes through Malone every eight minutes.

    Pieces of Hate | Heywood Broun
  • The blow of her stick had half blinded the bootlegger's one eye, but he was coming toward her.

    The Country Beyond | James Oliver Curwood
  • I imagine, of course, as I said to Mr. Hampton here earlier, that our bootlegger friends set the fire.

  • Soon he saw that he was flying faster than the bootlegger ahead of him.

    The Flying Reporter | Lewis E. (Lewis Edwin) Theiss