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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
1915-20, Americanism; wine + -o Unabridged
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  • Consider, for example, the difference between the wino and the wine connoisseur.
  • When a wino collapses at the train station, there is a fire truck accompanying the ambulance.
British Dictionary definitions for wino


noun (pl) -os
(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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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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