Definitions for bootlegger

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

boot•legˈbutˌlɛg(n.; v.; adj.)-legged, -leg•ging

  1. (n.)alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  2. something made, reproduced, or sold unlawfully.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. (v.t.)to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.

  4. (v.i.)to make, transport, or sell something, esp. liquor, unlawfully or without registration or payment of taxes.

  5. (adj.)made, sold, or transported unlawfully.

  6. unlawful or clandestine.

Origin of bootleg:

1885–95, Amer.; so called from the practice of hiding a liquor bottle in the leg of one's boot


Princeton's WordNet

  1. bootlegger, moonshiner(noun)

    someone who makes or sells illegal liquor


  1. bootlegger(Noun)

    An illegal trader of goods, especially of alcohol.

  2. Origin: Originally a nickname given to smugglers in King George III's reign, derived from the smugglers' custom of hiding packages of valuables in their large sea-boots when dodging the king's coastguardsmen.


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