[ moon-shahy-ner ]
/ ˈmunˌʃaɪ nər /

noun Informal.

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


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Origin of moonshiner

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; moonshine + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for moonshiner

/ (ˈmuːnˌʃaɪnə) /


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