Definition of wino in US English:

wino

noun

informal
  • A person who drinks excessive amounts of cheap wine or other alcohol, especially one who is homeless.

    • ‘They'll share all this, like winos sharing a bottle of Ripple, without having to get your consent.’
    • ‘He said: ‘People used to sit on the bench, sometimes winos, but they never caused any problems.’’
    • ‘The junkies, the winos, the tramps, the oddballs, the undesirables the NYPD usually spend their evenings moving along, had inveigled their way into ‘respectable’ company for one night of their lives.’
    • ‘I was sad to see two very young lads drinking Buckfast wine, well on the road to becoming winos.’
    • ‘I drink in moderation, not nearly as much as winos and hobos.’
    • ‘Oh yeah, did you hear the one about the wino and the alcoholic who go to the liquor store together?’
    • ‘Hey, some of the greatest drunks of history were winos.’
    • ‘People assume this because winos appear drunk quite a lot of the time, tend to favor the higher-proof beers and wines, and are willing to drink mouthwash and aftershave.’
    • ‘For years, I had identified with what I saw in my community: the gang members, drug dealers, street hustlers and even the winos sitting in the alley.’
    • ‘She would walk to Skid Row and stand in line with the hobos, the winos, the junkies, and the Mexicans until the farm buses came and the farmers picked out the workers they wanted’.’
    • ‘When I was an undergraduate I spent my weekends fending off aggressive winos as I worked behind the counter in an edge-of-Oxford corner shop.’
    • ‘Tramps and winos in France must live like kings.’
    • ‘I'm a fan of wine, but I don't call myself a wino (though others might).’
    • ‘Throw into the mix a few anti-social neds, winos and prisoners newly released from the three prisons up on Portland, and it's no wonder that the station has a reputation for trouble.’
    • ‘‘We went for the craic and because it had so many real characters, from the winos who used to steal money off the pool table to Mick the Hippy,’ adds another former regular.’
    • ‘The difference between a proper evening of bar hopping and a night of being rooted in a single bar is the same difference between the free-ranging hobo and the street-corner wino.’
    • ‘Who was it who complained about the winos on the Boulevard and said they were not good for the image of the Cathedral?’
    • ‘Real winos roll in and, out of shot, 12-year-old boys poke their head in front of the camera and Islingtonites ignore stewards asking them to keep left.’
    • ‘A band was playing to a fantastically diverse range of people; young, old, winos, students, girls dressed up for a night on the town, Millwall boys in their caps.’
    • ‘Light beer buffs have no business near the red winos, for example, who could never appreciate the quantitative method to our madness.’
    drinker, heavy drinker, problem drinker, drunk, drunkard, alcoholic, dipsomaniac, alcohol-abuser, alcohol addict, person with a drink problem
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Pronunciation

wino

/ˈwīnō//ˈwaɪnoʊ/