- alcoholic liquor unlawfully made, sold, or transported, without registration or payment of taxes.
- the part of a boot that covers the leg.
- something, as a recording, made, reproduced, or sold illegally or without authorization: a flurry of bootlegs to cash in on the rock star’s death.
verb (used with object), boot·legged, boot·leg·ging.
- to deal in (liquor or other goods) unlawfully.
verb (used without object), boot·legged, boot·leg·ging.
- to make, transport, or sell something, especially liquor, illegally or without registration or payment of taxes.
- made, sold, or transported unlawfully.
- illegal or clandestine.
- of or relating to bootlegging.
verb -legs, -legging or -legged
- to make, carry, or sell (illicit goods, esp alcohol)
- something made or sold illicitly, such as alcohol during Prohibition in the US
- an illegally made copy of a CD, tape, etc
- produced, distributed, or sold illicitlybootleg whisky; bootleg tapes
“leg of a boot,” 1630s, from(n.1) + (n.). As an adjective in reference to illegal iquor, 1889, American English slang, from the trick of concealing a flask of liquor down the leg of a high boot. Before that the bootleg was the place to secret knives and pistols.