rumrunner

[ ruhm-ruhn-er ]
/ ˈrʌmˌrʌn ər /

noun

a person or ship engaged in smuggling liquor.

Origin of rumrunner

An Americanism dating back to 1920; rum1 + runner
Related formsrum·run·ning, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for rum-runner

rum-runner


n.

"smuggler or transporter of illicit liquor," 1919, from rum (n.) + runner.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper