Definition of moonraking in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmuːnˌreɪkɪŋ/


  • The action of ‘raking’ the moon, or engaging in foolish or unprofitable activity. Chiefly figurative in "one's wits are (also have) gone moon-raking": used to indicate that a person has lost his or her reason (British regional).


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Croly (1780–1860), writer and Church of England clergyman. From moon + raking.