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noun, plural win·os. Informal.
  1. a person who is addicted to wine, especially a derelict.
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Origin of wino

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; wine + -o
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  • We don't pay for doctors every time some wino wants to throw up.

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British Dictionary definitions for wino


noun plural -os
  1. informal a person who habitually drinks wine as a means of getting drunk
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Word Origin and History for wino


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

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