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  1. the light of the moon.
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  1. pertaining to moonlight.
  2. illuminated by moonlight.
  3. occurring by moonlight, or at night.
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verb (used without object), moon·light·ed, moon·light·ing.
  1. to work at an additional job after one's regular, full-time employment, as at night.
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Origin of moonlight

1325–75; 1950–55 for def 5; Middle English monelight
Related formsmoon·light·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Moonlighter's jockey saw he was beaten for the moment at least and took a pull.

    Boy Woodburn

    Alfred Ollivant

  • And Ralph's doubts in regard to the moonlighter's sanity increased each moment.

  • Before the terrified boys and girls could comply the father appeared and shot a moonlighter dead in his tracks.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

British Dictionary definitions for moonlighter


  1. Also called: moonshine light from the sun received on earth after reflection by the moon
  2. (modifier) illuminated by the moona moonlight walk
  3. short for moonlight flit
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verb -lights, -lighting or -lighted
  1. (intr) informal to work at a secondary job, esp at night, and often illegitimately
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Derived Formsmoonlighter, noun
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Word Origin and History for moonlighter



"hold a second job, especially at night," 1957 (implied in moonlighting), from moonlighter (1954), from the notion of working by the light of the moon; see moonlight (n.). Related: Moonlighting. Earlier the word had been used to mean "commit crimes at night" (1882).

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"light of the moon," mid-14c., from moon (n.) + light (n.).

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