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Princeton's WordNet

  1. moonshine, bootleg, corn liquornoun

    whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash

  2. bootlegadjective

    the part of a boot above the instep

  3. bootleg, black, black-market, contraband, smuggledverb

    distributed or sold illicitly

    "the black economy pays no taxes"

  4. bootlegverb

    sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol

    "They were bootlegging whiskey"

  5. bootlegverb

    produce or distribute illegally

    "bootleg tapes of the diva's singing"


  1. bootlegnoun

    The part of a boot that is above the instep

  2. bootlegnoun

    An illegally produced, transported or sold product; contraband

  3. bootlegnoun

    A play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, conceals the ball against his hip, and rolls out.

  4. bootlegverb

    to make, transport and/or sell illegal alcoholic liquor

  5. bootlegverb

    to make, transport and/or sell an illegal version or copy of a copyright product

  6. bootlegverb

    to engage in bootlegging

  7. bootlegadjective

    illegally produced, transported or sold; pirated

  8. Etymology: from the carrying of bottles of smuggled spirit in the legs of boots


  1. bootleg

    Bootleg primarily refers to the illegal production, distribution, or selling of goods, most often alcohol or copyrighted material, without proper authorization or payment of required fees or taxes. It can also refer to the actual illicit goods themselves. The term originated during the Prohibition era in United States history, when individuals would hide flasks of liquor in their boot tops when going out in public. It's also used in the recording industry to categorize unauthorized recordings of live concerts, or replicating and distributing copyrighted music, movies, or television series.


  1. Bootleg

    Bootleg is an album created by Larry Norman, released in 1972. It was originally released as a double-LP.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bootleg in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bootleg in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of bootleg in a Sentence

  1. Inspector General Setyo Wasisto:

    They( bootleggers and their distributors) are part of a close knit community. Sometimes, when police come to check on a tip they have already put the bootleg alcohol away. They know who their customers are when they come. It's much like a clandestine narcotics network, in the past, bootleg alcohol was found to be a mixture of alcohol and energy drinks. Some are a mix of pure alcohol, carbonated drinks and an ingredient used in anti-mosquito repellent.

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