bootleg

Use the adjective bootleg to describe something that is sold illegally, usually because it was stolen in the first place. If you download a movie on your computer and then sell it to a friend, it's a bootleg film.

Bootleg is good for describing something that's stolen, smuggled, or pirated. You can use it as a verb, too, when you're talking about selling something illegal or obtained in a sneaky way, like secret recordings of a rock concert or contraband candy at summer camp. The word bootleg, which originally meant simply "the leg of a boot," refers to alcohol smugglers' trick of hiding flasks inside their boots.

Primary Meanings of bootleg

1.
nadjv
whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
distributed or sold illicitly
sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol
2.
n
the part of a boot above the instep
Full Definitions of bootleg
1

n whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash

Synonyms:
corn liquor, moonshine
Type of:
corn, corn whiskey, corn whisky
whiskey distilled from a mash of not less than 80 percent corn

adj distributed or sold illicitly

Synonyms:
black, black-market, contraband, smuggled
illegal
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules

v sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol

“They were bootlegging whiskey”
Type of:
sell
exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent

v produce or distribute illegally

bootleg tapes of the diva's singing”
Type of:
create, make, produce
create or manufacture a man-made product
2

n the part of a boot above the instep

Type of:
covering
an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)

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