\ ˈwī-(ˌ)nō How to pronounce wino (audio) \
plural winos

Definition of wino

: a usually indigent alcoholic who is addicted especially to wine

Examples of wino in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During a 1968 vote-fraud investigation with the Chicago Daily News, Recktenwald went undercover as a Skid Row wino and registered to vote at a succession of flophouses over several weeks. Bob Goldsborough,, 23 Aug. 2021 The business also hosts events, including wine tastings and wino bingo. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Feb. 2020 Street punks and winos from the Mission began to show up. Gary Kamiya,, 29 Nov. 2019 Tyrion Lannister: Remember when Tyrion was a womanizing wino? Allison P. Davis, The Cut, 30 July 2017 Even his midlife crises like About Schmidt and Sideways were filled with cranks, winos and idiot savants. Scott Thill, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2010

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First Known Use of wino

circa 1915, in the meaning defined above

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“Wino.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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