\ 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 The business also hosts events, including wine tastings and wino bingo. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "He asked her out to make another girl jealous. Now they've been married for 50 years and own a winery together.," 13 Feb. 2020 Street punks and winos from the Mission began to show up. Gary Kamiya,, "How the Native American occupation of Alcatraz turned sour," 29 Nov. 2019 Tyrion Lannister: Remember when Tyrion was a womanizing wino? Allison P. Davis, The Cut, "Who Is the Biggest Fuccboi on Game of Thrones?," 30 July 2017 Even his midlife crises like About Schmidt and Sideways were filled with cranks, winos and idiot savants. Scott Thill, WIRED, "Daniel Clowes’ Comic Wilson Worms Toward Hollywood," 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 20 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of wino

informal + disapproving : a person who has no place to live and who is often drunk

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