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From Latin vīnōsus, from vīnum (wine).



vinous (comparative more vinous, superlative most vinous)

  1. Pertaining to or having the characteristics of wine.
    • 1768, Laurence Sterne, A Sentimental Journey Through France and Italy,[1]
      The man who first transplanted the grape of Burgundy to the Cape of Good Hope (observe he was a Dutchman) never dreamt of drinking the same wine at the Cape, that the same grape produced upon the French mountains,—he was too phlegmatic for that—but undoubtedly he expected to drink some sort of vinous liquor []
    • 1854, Charles Dickens, Hard Times, Book I, Chapter 16,[2]
      The bride, in passing down-stairs, dressed for her journey, found Tom waiting for her—flushed, either with his feelings, or the vinous part of the breakfast.
    • 1854, Thomas Mayne Reid, The Young Voyageurs, or, The Boy Hunters in the North, Chapter 21,[3]
      [] François’ quick eye detected the presence of some very small birds moving among the blossoms. They were at once pronounced to be humming-birds, and of that species known as the “ruby-throats” (Trochilus rolubris), so called, because a flake of a beautiful vinous colour under the throat of the males exhibits, in the sun, all the glancing glories of the ruby.
  2. Tending to drink wine excessively. (Can we verify(+) this sense?)
  3. Affected by the drinking of wine.
    • 1821, Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto III,[4]
      The vinous Greek to whom he had address’d
      His question, much too merry to divine
      The questioner, fill’d up a glass of wine,
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 34,[5]
      “Come, come,” said James, putting his hand to his nose and winking at his cousin with a pair of vinous eyes, “no jokes, old boy; no trying it on on me. []
    • 1927, Edgar Wallace, The Man Who Was Nobody, Chapter 23,[6]
      Once she had been kissed by a man in wine (the memory recalled Lady Tynewood and the parties she gave) and she had never forgotten the hated smell of that vinous breath.
  4. Induced by the drinking of wine.
    • 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, Chapter 3,[7]
      [] she threw up her hands, sank into a chair and went off into a deep vinous sleep.
    • 1928, Robert Byron, The Station: Travels to the Holy Mountain of Greece, Chapter 9,[8]
      Gripped by a vinous pentecost, I launched into speech []
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic 2011, p. 254:
      It was a moment of bathos and anticlimax; a poor sequel to my smoke-ringed, vinous reverie on American grandeur the previous night.

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vino +‎ -us



  1. obliqueness


Inflection of vinous (Kotus type 40/kalleus, t-d gradation)
nominative vinous vinoudet
genitive vinouden vinouksien
partitive vinoutta vinouksia
illative vinouteen vinouksiin
singular plural
nominative vinous vinoudet
accusative nom. vinous vinoudet
gen. vinouden
genitive vinouden vinouksien
partitive vinoutta vinouksia
inessive vinoudessa vinouksissa
elative vinoudesta vinouksista
illative vinouteen vinouksiin
adessive vinoudella vinouksilla
ablative vinoudelta vinouksilta
allative vinoudelle vinouksille
essive vinoutena vinouksina
translative vinoudeksi vinouksiksi
instructive vinouksin
abessive vinoudetta vinouksitta
comitative vinouksineen