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moonshine +‎ -y


moonshiny (comparative more moonshiny, superlative most moonshiny)

  1. (obsolete) Moonlit; lit by moonlight.
    • 1759, Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, Volume II, Chapter 17,[1]
      When Trim, as his custom was, after he had put my uncle Toby to bed, going down one moon-shiny night to see that every thing was right at his fortifications—in the lane separated from the bowling-green with flowering shrubs and holly—he espied his Bridget.
    • 1821, James Fenimore Cooper, The Spy, Chapter 35,[2]
      “Oh, the falls!—they are a thing to be looked at on a moonshiny night, by your Aunt Sarah and that gay old bachelor, Colonel Singleton; but a fellow like myself never shows surprise, unless it may be at such a touch as this.”
  2. (dated, colloquial) Crazy; nonsensical; ludicrous.
    • 1853, Broomhill: Or, The County Beauties (page 7)
      Canvassing it was like fishing for salmon: you might throw out anything in the shape of a fly, the most gaudy, the most moonshiny, the most unlife-like and unrealizable thing that could be fastened upon a hook []