moonraker

[ moon-rey-ker ]
/ ˈmunˌreɪ kər /

noun

Also called moonsail [moon-suh l, -seyl] /ˈmun səl, -ˌseɪl/. Nautical. a light square sail set above a skysail.
a simpleton.

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Origin of moonraker

First recorded in 1780–90; moon + raker1
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Example sentences from the Web for moonraker

  • I expect Mr. Heeler's waiting for you in "Moonraker's," father.

    Hobson's Choice|Harold Brighouse
  • So that, if you stay more than an hour in the Moonraker's Inn, you'll be late for it.

    Hobson's Choice|Harold Brighouse
  • A Moonraker is also the nickname for a native of Wiltshire, and a very silly story is told there as its origin.

  • Let's go to the "Moonraker's" and forget there's such a thing as women in the world.

    Hobson's Choice|Harold Brighouse

British Dictionary definitions for moonraker

moonraker
/ (ˈmuːnˌreɪkə) /

noun

nautical a small square sail set above a skysail
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