the light of the moon.


pertaining to moonlight.
illuminated by moonlight.
occurring by moonlight, or at night.

verb (used without object), moon·light·ed, moon·light·ing.

to work at an additional job after one's regular, full-time employment, as at night.

Origin of moonlight

1325–75; 1950–55 for def 5; Middle English monelight
Related formsmoon·light·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moonlighting

Contemporary Examples of moonlighting

Historical Examples of moonlighting

  • If the Limerick moonlighters must have been tried in Cork there would have been no moonlighting.

    Ireland as It Is

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

  • But did you ever hear of a youngster who'd sit behind the door and suck his thumbs while there was moonlighting in the air?

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard

  • My journey to Galway was undertaken for the purpose of hanging four men who were condemned to death for moonlighting.

British Dictionary definitions for moonlighting



working at a secondary job
(in 19th-century Ireland) the carrying out of cattle-maiming, murders, etc, during the night in protest against the land-tenure system



Also called: moonshine light from the sun received on earth after reflection by the moon
(modifier) illuminated by the moona moonlight walk
short for moonlight flit

verb -lights, -lighting or -lighted

(intr) informal to work at a secondary job, esp at night, and often illegitimately
Derived Formsmoonlighter, noun
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Word Origin and History for moonlighting



"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).



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

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