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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.
    • 1855, Frederick William Shelton, Peeps from a Belfry; Or: The Parish Sketch Book, page 146:
      Yet fat and vinous old Jack Falstaff, whose portraiture is the happiest hit in all the varied range of English comedy, must be sought for in other scenes.
    • 1883, Fun - Volumes 37-38, page 168:
      Curiosity induced him to ask the wild-eyed vinous old man if he knew the lady.
    • 1898, Punch - Volume 114, page 309:
      OLD SIMON the Soaker now keeps a rare store Of Malmsey and Malvoisie In tub-fuls of hundreds of litres or more, For a vinous old soul is he
    • 1899, Raymond Asquith, Letter to HT Baker (in Raymond Asquith: Life and Letters, 1980):
      It is one of the most trying things about this life, this necessity of laughing uproariously when vinous old men say things that are dirty but not funny; else one is written down as a prig.
    • 2016, Christopher Chase Walker, The Visitor, →ISBN:
      She was found wounded and amnesic by a vinous old farmer who, charitable and eccentric (or just radiantly bonkers), nursed her back to health in some ramshackle barn or outbuilding of his after the local Gendarmerie had investigated, photographed, swept up and hosed down the crash scene.
  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.

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vino +‎ -us



  1. obliqueness
  2. (probability theory) skewness


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