a person engaged in or successful at acquiring much money.
something that produces or yields much pecuniary profit.

Origin of moneymaker

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at money, maker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for money-maker

Historical Examples of money-maker

  • The money-maker will contrast the vanity of knowledge with the solid advantages of wealth.

  • Clearly that of the soldier and lover of honour; who is nearer to himself than the money-maker.

  • Your father's nature is too fine strung to be a money-maker, and she must be cared for.

  • He's all ready to do it, and it'd be a money-maker from the start.

    The Plum Tree

    David Graham Phillips

  • Lawson was born a money-maker, but he is a great deal more than that.

    Frenzied Finance

    Thomas W. Lawson

British Dictionary definitions for money-maker



a person who is intent on accumulating money
a person or thing that is or might be profitable
Derived Formsmoneymaking, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for money-maker

c.1400, "one who coins money," from money + maker. Meaning "thing which yields profit" is from 1899.

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