boot + leg. Originally a nickname given to smugglers in King George III's reign, derived from the smugglers' custom of hiding packages of valuables in their large sea-boots when dodging the king's coastguardsmen.
- (chiefly US, transitive) To make, transport and/or sell illegal alcoholic liquor.
- (transitive) To make, transport and/or sell an illegal version or copy of a copyrighted product.
- (intransitive) To engage in bootlegging.
bootleg (plural bootlegs)
- The part of a boot that is above the instep.
- An illegally produced, transported or sold product; contraband.
- (music) An unauthorized recording, e.g., of a live concert.
- (music) A remix or mashup that is a combination of two songs but that is not authorized and audited for copyright use; primarily in the electronic music scene.
- (American football) A play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff, conceals the ball against his hip, and rolls out.
bootleg (not comparable)
- Illegally produced, transported or sold; pirated.