[ moon-shahyn ]
/ ˈmunˌʃaɪn /


Informal. smuggled or illicitly distilled liquor, especially corn liquor as illicitly distilled chiefly in rural areas of the southern U.S.
empty or foolish talk, ideas, etc.; nonsense.
the light of the moon; moonlight.

Origin of moonshine

1375–1425; late Middle English: moonlight. See moon, shine1, Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for moonshine

/ (ˈmuːnˌʃaɪn) /


another word for moonlight (def. 1)
US and Canadian illegally distilled or smuggled whisky or other spirit
foolish talk or thought
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