- the light of the moon.
- pertaining to moonlight.
- illuminated by moonlight.
- occurring by moonlight, or at night.
verb (used without object), moon·light·ed, moon·light·ing.
- to work at an additional job after one’s regular, full-time employment, as at night.
- working at a secondary job
- (in 19th-century Ireland) the carrying out of cattle-maiming, murders, etc, during the night in protest against the land-tenure system
- Also called: moonshine light from the sun received on earth after reflection by the moon
- (modifier) illuminated by the moona moonlight walk
- short for moonlight flit
verb -lights, -lighting or -lighted
- (intr) informal to work at a secondary job, esp at night, and often illegitimately
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.).