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From Late Middle English vinous, vinose (“consisting of, containing, or made of wine”), from Latin vīnōsus (“fond of wine; wine-flavoured”), from vīnum (“wine”) + -ōsus (adjective-forming suffix meaning ‘full of, prone to’).
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈvaɪnəs/
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- Hyphenation: vin‧ous
- Pertaining to or having the characteristics of wine.
- 1768, Mr. Yorick [pseudonym; Laurence Sterne], “Preface in the Desobligeant”, in A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, volume I, London: […] T. Becket and P. A. De Hondt, […], OCLC 61680753, pages 29–30:
- 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; [...]
- Involving the use of wine.
- Synonym: (containing wine) vinaceous
- 1854, Charles Dickens, “Husband and Wife”, in Hard Times. For These Times, London: Bradbury & Evans, […], OCLC 4389957, book the first (Sowing), pages 127–128:
- 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.
- Having the colour of red wine; vinaceous.
- 1853, [Thomas] Mayne Reid, “The Shrike and the Humming-birds”, in The Young Voyageurs, or The Boy Hunters in the North, London: George Routledge and Sons, Limited; New York, N.Y.: E[dward] P[ayson] Dutton and Co., OCLC 858451217, page 268:
- [...] 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.
- Tending to drink wine excessively.
- 1869, William Francis Collier, “William Shakspere”, in A History of English Literature, in a Series of Biographical Sketches, London; Edinburgh, New York, N.Y.: T[homas] Nelson and Sons, […], OCLC 9231629, 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.
- 1898 July 2, “The New Dipsomania”, in Punch, or The London Charivari, volume CXIV, London: Published at the office, 85, Fleet Street, OCLC 732224722, stanza I, 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—e, / A porous old so—ul is he; [...]
- 1899 August 25, Raymond Asquith, “Letter to H. T. Baker”, in John Jolliffe, editor, Raymond Asquith: Life and Letters, London: Collins, published 1980, →ISBN:
- 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, Winchester, Hampshire: Cosmic Egg Books, →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.
- Affected by the drinking of wine.
- 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, “James Crawley’s Pipe is Put Out”, in Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1848, OCLC 3174108, page 305:
- "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 Honeymoon”, in The Man Who Was Nobody, London: Ward, Lock & Co., OCLC 1056252208; republished Looe, Cornwall: House of Stratus, 2001, →ISBN, page 110:
- 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.
- 1891, Thomas Hardy, chapter IV, in Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented […], volume I, London: James R[ipley] Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., […], OCLC 13623666, phase the first (The Maiden), pages 40–41:
- In a large bedroom upstairs, the window of which was thickly curtained with a great woollen shawl lately discarded by the landlady, Mrs. Rolliver, were gathered on this evening nearly a dozen persons, all seeking vinous bliss; all old inhabitants of the nearer end of Marlott, and frequenters of this retreat.
pertaining to or having the characteristics of wine
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|Inflection of vinous (Kotus type 40/kalleus, t-d gradation)|
|Possessive forms of vinous (type kalleus)|
- vinous (relating to wine)