- alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported, without registration or payment of taxes.
- the part of a boot that covers the leg.
- something, as a recording, made, reproduced, or sold illegally or without authorization: a flurry of bootlegs to cash in on the rock star's death.
- to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.
- to make, transport, or sell something, especially liquor, illegally or without registration or payment of taxes.
- made, sold, or transported unlawfully.
- illegal or clandestine.
- of or relating to bootlegging.
Origin of bootleg
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Examples from the Web for bootlegger
The National Football League's New York Giants franchise was founded in 1925 by a bootlegger named Tim Mara.Will a Criminal Enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
February 1, 2014
He seeks to clear up some myths about Kennedy—he was, for instance, never a bootlegger—and offer a truthful portrait of the man.“The Patriarch”: Joseph Kennedy Sr.’s Outsized Life
November 21, 2012
"My dear sir," said the bootlegger, with a pained expression.Jokes For All Occasions
Soon he saw that he was flying faster than the bootlegger ahead of him.
It seemed to him that he simply must look around and face the bootlegger.
Are you fellows going to let him in on the bootlegger stuff?The Radio Detectives
A. Hyatt Verrill
It was Hugh's first visit to a bootlegger's den, and he was keenly interested.The Plastic Age
- to make, carry, or sell (illicit goods, esp alcohol)
- something made or sold illicitly, such as alcohol during Prohibition in the US
- an illegally made copy of a CD, tape, etc
- produced, distributed, or sold illicitlybootleg whisky; bootleg tapes
C17: see boot 1, leg; from the practice of smugglers of carrying bottles of liquor concealed in their boots
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Word Origin and History for bootlegger
1889, from bootleg (q.v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper