from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of showing one's buttocks.
  • v. Present participle of moon.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In leather manufacturing, the shaving of skins with a ‘moon’ or moon-knife.
  • n. The act of going about as if moonstruck.


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  • Imagine trying to explain mooning as a non-physical form of defiance later on in life?!


  • Her large eyes, like her hair, were brown; they had the peculiar look of near-sighted eyes which is called mooning; her complexion was of a dark pallor.

    The Rise of Silas Lapham

  • Watch me and my hooped-skirt give new meaning to the act of 'mooning'.

    Losing One of the Family

  • Such a victory would bring me such sweet joy that I daresay I would have to get the final score tattooed on my ass and I'd spend the rest of my days "mooning" dookies to remind them of the night Carolina ended the rivalry.

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  • Supernatural hunk spills beans on the new season of "Supernatural" and shares his personal secrets including a 'mooning' incident...

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • In the 1840's the term Gent was most particularly applied to the young middle-class idler who aped his superiors and dressed extravagantly; the Mooner was rather older and spent his time "mooning" at shop windows and ambling gently about the town.

    Royal Flash

  • Cheerful people are workers; and, when they find any tendency to go "mooning" over their tasks, they shake themselves into broad daylight.

    Hold Up Your Heads, Girls! : Helps for Girls, in School and Out

  • Added to these things, Sarah had observed of late that Judy showed an inclination to shirk her duties, and had a dangerous habit of "mooning" while she was at the wash tub.

    The Miller of Old Church

  • When his neighbours twitted him with being too lazy to plow and sow, of "mooning" over books, and derisively sneered when they spoke of him as the Harvester of the Woods or the Medicine Man, David Langston smiled and went his way.

    The Harvester

  • August seemed concentrated, reverberated from one wall to the other, and here he liked to linger of mornings, when the mists were still thick in the valleys, "mooning," meditating, extending his walk from the quince to the medlar and back again, beside the moldering walls of mellowed brick.

    The Hill of Dreams


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