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[wahy-noh] /ˈwaɪ noʊ/
noun, plural winos. Informal.
a person who is addicted to wine, especially a derelict.
Origin of wino
An Americanism dating back to 1915-20; wine + -o Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We don't pay for doctors every time some wino wants to throw up.

    Badge of Infamy Lester del Rey
British Dictionary definitions for wino


noun (pl) -os
(informal) a person who habitually drinks wine as a means of getting drunk
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wino

1915, from wine + suffix as in bucko (1833) and kiddo (1896).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for wino



A habitual drunkard, esp a derelict who drinks cheap wine; stumblebum: a couple of ''winos'' who had been drinking cheap sherry in the bar/ patronized largely by vagrants, winos, dehorns, grifters (1900s+ Hoboes)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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