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From un- +‎ vintage +‎ -able, an allusion to the Greek poet Homer's epithets for the sea.


unvintageable (comparative more unvintageable, superlative most unvintageable)

  1. (poetic) Not fit to drink.
    • 1881, Oscar Wilde, Vita Nuova
      I stood by the unvintageable sea
      Till the wet waves drenched face and hair with spray.
    • 1915, Rupert Brooke, en route to the Bosporus, as quoted by William Manchester, The Last Lion, page 518
      Will Hero’s Tower crumble under 15-inch guns? Will the sea be polyphloisbic and wine dark and unvintageable?