Moonlight vs Moonwake - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between moonlight and moonwake
is that moonlight
is the light reflected from the moon
[webster's college dictionary , random house, 2001]
is the reflection of moonlight on a body of water.
As a verb moonlight
is to work on the side (at a secondary job), often in the evening or during the night
The light reflected from the moon.
[Webster's College Dictionary , Random House, 2001]
(attributive) Illuminated by the light from the moon. [The Illustrated Oxford Dictionary , Oxford University Press, 1998]
To work on the side (at a secondary job), often in the evening or during the night.
(by extension) To engage in an activity other than what one is known for.
In American English, to moonlight is simply to work at secondary employment;
[Mish, Drederick C. (ed.). 1995. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.'' 10th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster.] in British English, it used to imply working secretly (i.e., not paying tax on the extra money earned), but more recent editions of some UK dictionaries no longer mention a difference to the US usage. [Treffry, Diana (ed.). 1999. ''Collins Paperback English Dictionary. 4th ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins.]
The reflection of moonlight on a body of water.
- I was long puzzled to know why this moonwake always followed as I walked ...'' — Daniel A. Goodsell, ''Nature and Character at Granite Bay , 1901
- And they grew and brightened and gathered; and whiles together they ran. Like the moonwake over the waters; and whiles they were scant and wan, ...'' — William Morris, ''The Story of Sigurd the Volsung , 1922
- Mariners sometimes call the moving path of light leading to the moon the ''moonwake'' , because it looks like the white wash of a ship's wake.'' — The Atlantic, ''Word Fugitives , March, 2006