Moonshine is the glowing light that comes from the moon, and it's also a common term meaning "homemade liquor." In an old-timey bluegrass song, a character might drink moonshine in the moonshine.

While moonshine can simply be a synonym for moonlight, it's often used as slang for bootleg (or illicit) whiskey, as well as a colorful way to say "nonsense." For example, you could say, "I listened to her speech, but I finally decided everything she said was nothing but moonshine." This "without substance" meaning is actually the oldest figurative definition of moonshine, dating from the fifteenth century.

Primary Meanings of moonshine

the light of the Moon
whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine
Full Definitions of moonshine

n the light of the Moon

Moon, moonlight
Type of:
light, visible light, visible radiation
(physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation

n whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash

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

v distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine

Type of:
distil, distill, extract
extract by the process of distillation

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