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noun Informal.
  1. a person who distills or sells liquor, especially corn liquor, illegally.
  2. 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
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Related Words for moonshiner

drink, alcohol, liquor, Scotch, distillery, bourbon, moonshiner, rumrunner, moonshine, distiller, rotgut, corn, rye, poteen, hooch, distill, usquebaugh

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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


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