bootleg bootleg  /ˈbut ˌlɛɡ/


  1. (n) whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
  2. (n) the part of a boot above the instep
  3. (v) sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol
  4. (v) produce or distribute illegally
  5. (adj) distributed or sold illicitly

Derived Word(s)


  1. Last winter 2,500 tons of bootleg coal per day was pouring into the New York City area alone.
  2. Music rip-off artists go upscale with CDs, but the stars fight back with bootleg albums of their own.
  3. Obsessively researched, beautifully written, Chang's book is the funky, bootleg, B-side remix of late--20th century American history.


  • Will D. Campbell | Civil-rights activist, 88

    The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a self-described "bootleg preacher" who became one of the most prominent white clergymen in the South to fight for racial equality during the civil-rights movement, died June 3 at a nursing home in Nashville.
    on June 9, 2013     Source:


  1. "Basically, it's an early bootleg," says Guthrie, youngest surviving child of the legendary folk-music balladeer.
    on Dec 8, 2007 By: Woody Guthrie Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  2. "Junior was a simple man, but he had an amazing mind," Waltrip said. "He was a genius. He could look at something and take something and feel it and watch it work, and then make it better. Junior could improvise. He created the 'bootleg...
    on May 23, 2010 By: Darrell Waltrip Source: Kansas City Star

  3. "They have some aggressive players, some football players that come on the ball. We felt that coming out on that bootleg that we felt like we could get Joe to run and get them. It went just like we expected," said Brees.
    on Oct 15, 2006 By: Drew Brees Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

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