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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 of moonlight
1325-1375
1325-75; 1950-55 for def 5; Middle English monelight
Related forms
moonlighter, noun
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  • My journey to Galway was undertaken for the purpose of hanging four men who were condemned to death for moonlighting.

  • But did you ever hear of a youngster who'd sit behind the door and suck his thumbs while there was moonlighting in the air?

    The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • If the Limerick moonlighters must have been tried in Cork there would have been no moonlighting.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
British Dictionary definitions for moonlighting

moonlighting

/ˈmuːnˌlaɪtɪŋ/
noun
1.
working at a secondary job
2.
(in 19th-century Ireland) the carrying out of cattle-maiming, murders, etc, during the night in protest against the land-tenure system

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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Contemporary definitions for moonlighting
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Word Origin and History for moonlighting

moonlight

v.

"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; see moonlight (n.). Related: Moonlighting. Earlier the word had been used to mean "commit crimes at night" (1882).

n.

"light of the moon," mid-14c., from moon (n.) + light (n.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for moonlighting

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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