noun Informal.

a person who distills or sells liquor, especially corn liquor, illegally.
a person who pursues any illegal trade or activity at night.

Origin of moonshiner

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; moonshine + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for moonshiner

Historical Examples of moonshiner

  • The scenes are laid along the waters of the Cumberland, the lair of moonshiner and feudsman.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • It was evident that the moonshiner was mellow from draughts of his own potent product.

  • The process of capturing the moonshiner has changed considerably from that of other days.

  • The moonshiner believed that I would protect him as my prisoner.

  • "He probably imagines we are sheriffs after him for a moonshiner," said Tom.

    The Four Corners

    Amy Ella Blanchard

British Dictionary definitions for moonshiner



US and Canadian a person who illegally makes or smuggles distilled spirits
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