1. the light of the moon.


  1. pertaining to moonlight.
  2. illuminated by moonlight.
  3. occurring by moonlight, or at night.

verb (used without object), moon·light·ed, moon·light·ing.

  1. to work at an additional job after one’s regular, full-time employment, as at night.


  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


  1. Also called: moonshine light from the sun received on earth after reflection by the moon
  2. (modifier) illuminated by the moona moonlight walk
  3. short for moonlight flit

verb -lights, -lighting or -lighted

  1. (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.).

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