Definitions

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  • n. Someone from Wiltshire. (After a story in which some Wiltshire peasants, seeing the reflection of the moon in a pool, tried to rake it out.)
  • n. A small, light sail located high on a mast (above the skysail) and used for speed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as moonsail.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stupid or silly person: said to refer primarily to one who, mistaking the moon's shadow in water for a cheese, set himself to rake it out.
  • n. Nautical, same as moon-sail.

Etymologies

moon +‎ raker (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • J.D. and I both did a Top 10 list of that rare thing — the […] #46 POSTED BY robet, Aug 10th, 2009 11: 28 am without a doubt moonraker is the worst bond movie ever made. its tries to be the spy version of star wars, but it ends up being a bad parody of itself. avoid this movie if it ever apperes on tv

    Top 10 Worst James Bond Movies » Scene-Stealers

  • All the miracle of sails; the steady foresail; the sensitive jibs; the press canvas delicate as bubbles; the reliable main; the bluff topsails; topgallants like eager horses; the impertinent skysails; the jaunty moonraker, were just canvas stretched on poles.

    The Wind Bloweth

  • Fred the picture of the moonraker is that the pub that was destroyed in the war over in what we called the Grotto, if so nice to see what it looked like i can only remember the shell we used to play in (even though it was banned) we used to walk across the beams that ran across the bombed floors, it was always dark and everyone said it was haunted.

    London SE1 community website

  • Fab news about the Mustang and the BDA .... xmas has arrived early in the moonraker household good for you.

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  • I used to have some moonraker toys as well they were cool.

    Aussie-Nintendo.com Forums

  • "Oh, you dream-child, you moonraker, what are you doing in a world where men work for their pleasures and women have to cringe for the scraps?

    The Fool Errant

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  • "'What airs these eighteen-gun sloops give themselves, to be sure,' said Pullings in a discontented voice. 'Look how she is cracking on! It will be moonrakers next. I will lay half a crown she carries away that foretopgallant studdingsail in the next five minutes.'"
    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 57

    February 27, 2008

  • The topmost sail of a ship, above the skyscraper.

    February 15, 2008