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moonlight

[moon-lahyt] /ˈmunˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
the light of the moon.
adjective
2.
pertaining to moonlight.
3.
illuminated by moonlight.
4.
occurring by moonlight, or at night.
verb (used without object), moonlighted, moonlighting.
5.
to work at an additional job after one's regular, full-time employment, as at night.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; 1950-55 for def 5; Middle English monelight
Related forms
moonlighter, noun
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Examples for moonlight
  • So sad that professors have to moonlight but clearly, this was not a good choice.
  • If so, it is only because what becomes known is that a university professor needs to moonlight.
  • Most years, because of their brief duration, moonlight or cloudy conditions obscure the show.
  • We were up in the middle of the night fishing, and exploring the island by moonlight.
  • It was at low tide, sunk to a twisting channel between flanks of mud glinting with moonlight.
  • They were the tears of heaven, the eyes of spirits, raindrops filled with moonlight.
  • In bright moonlight, it's easy enough to see the road ahead, but not at all easy to see what's in the shadows.
  • To say that moonlight has no physical effect on humans is self-contradictory.
  • At night, panther eyes appear to glow from moonlight reflected off an iridescent membrane in the retina.
  • Many things could affect the movement of a coral larva, including the tides, moonlight and enticing smells.
British Dictionary definitions for moonlight

moonlight

/ˈmuːnˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
Also called moonshine. light from the sun received on earth after reflection by the moon
2.
(modifier) illuminated by the moon a moonlight walk
3.
short for moonlight flit
verb -lights, -lighting, -lighted
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to work at a secondary job, esp at night, and often illegitimately
Derived Forms
moonlighter, noun
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Word Origin and History for moonlight
moonlight
"hold a second job, especially at night," 1957 (implied in moonlighting), from moonlighter (1954), from the notion of working by the light of the moon. Related: Moonlighting. Earlier the word had been used to mean "commit crimes at night" (1882). The noun meaning "light of the moon" is attested from mid-14c. Moonlit (1830) is first attested in Tennyson.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for moonlight

moonlight

verb

To work at a job in addition to one's regular job: a million guys moonlighting, holding a little back (1957+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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