wino

[wahy-noh]

noun, plural win·os. Informal.

a person who is addicted to wine, especially a derelict.

Nearby words

  1. winnipesaukee, lake,
  2. winnock,
  3. winnow,
  4. winnowing,
  5. winny,
  6. winona,
  7. winslet,
  8. winslow,
  9. winslow, edward,
  10. winsome

Origin of wino

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; wine + -o

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Examples from the Web for wino

  • 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

wino

noun plural -os

informal a person who habitually drinks wine as a means of getting drunk
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Word Origin and History for wino

wino

n.

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

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