AskDefine | Define bootleg

Dictionary Definition

bootleg adj : distributed or sold illicitly; "the black economy pays no taxes" [syn: black, black-market, contraband, smuggled]

Noun

1 whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash [syn: moonshine, corn liquor]
2 the part of a boot above the instep

Verb

1 sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol; "They were bootlegging whiskey"
2 produce or distribute illegally; "bootleg tapes of the diva's singing" [also: bootlegging, bootlegged]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

from the carrying of bottles of smuggled spirit in the legs of boots

Verb

  1. In the context of "mostly|US|transitive": to make, transport and/or sell illegal alcoholic liquor
  2. to make, transport and/or sell an illegal version or copy of a copyright product
  3. to engage in bootlegging

Translations

to make, transport and/or sell illegal alcoholic liquor
to make, transport and/or sell an illegal version or copy of a copyright product
to engage in bootlegging

Noun

  1. that part of a boot that is above the instep
  2. an illegally produced, transported or sold product; contraband

Translations

that part of a boot that is above the instep
an illegally produced, transported or sold product; contraband

Adjective

  1. illegally produced, transported or sold; pirated
  2. undesirable or unwanted effects or outcomes
  3. poor quality

Translations

illegally produced, transported or sold
undesirable or unwanted effects or outcomes
poor quality

Extensive Definition

Bootleg or Bootlegging usually refers to making, transporting and/or selling illegal alcoholic liquor or copyrighted material; the term originates from concealing flasks of alcohol in the legging of boots. Bootleg may also refer to:
Bootlegger- a person who makes liquer or hard drinks* Bootleg recording, an otherwise unavailable audio or video recording distributed without the artist's consent
bootleg in German: Bootleg
bootleg in Indonesian: Bootleg
bootleg in Dutch: Bootleg
bootleg in Japanese: ブートレグ
bootleg in Norwegian: Bootleg
bootleg in Polish: Bootleg
bootleg in Finnish: Bootleg
bootleg in Swedish: Bootleg

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