boot·leg / ˈboōtˌleg/ • adj. (esp. of liquor, computer software, or recordings) made, distributed, or sold illegally: bootleg cassettes bootleg whiskey.• v. (-legged, -leg·ging) [tr.] make, distribute, or sell (illicit goods, esp. liquor, computer software, or recordings) illegally: [as n.] (bootlegging) domestic bootlegging was almost impossible to control. • n. 1. an illegal musical recording, esp. one made at a concert.2. Football a play in which the quarterback fakes a handoff and runs with the ball hidden next to his hip.DERIVATIVES: boot·leg·ger n.