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wine +‎ -y


Rhymes: -aɪni


winy (comparative winier, superlative winiest)

  1. Having the taste or qualities of wine.
    grapes of a winy taste
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum: or A Naturall Historie in Ten Centuries, London: William Lee, V. Century, p. 125,[1]
      Take Cucumbers, or Pumpions, and set them (here and there) amongst Muske-Melons, and see whether the Melons will not be more Winy, and better tasted.
    • 1703, William Dampier, A New Voyage Round the World, London: James Knapton, Chapter 14, p. 393,[2]
      They are much like such Grapes as grow on our Vines, both in shape and colour; and they are of a very pleasant Winy taste.
    • 1921, D. H. Lawrence, Sea and Sardinia, New York: Thomas Seltzer, Chapter 2, p. 65,[3]
      The sun had the lovely strong winey warmth, golden over the dark-blue sea.
    • 1926, Willa Cather, My Mortal Enemy, New York: Vintage, 1961, Part I, Chapter 4, p. 34,[4]
      The sleeve-buttons were topazes, winy-yellow, lightly set in crinkly gold.
  2. Relating to the effects of drinking wine.
    • 1853, R. S. Surtees, Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour, New York: Stringer & Townsend, 1856, Chapter 43, p. 269,[5]
      It was late on the morning following our last chapter, ere he thought he had got rid of as much of his winy headache as fitful sleep would carry off, and enveloped himself in a blue and yellow-flowered silk dressing-gown and Turkish slippers.
    • 1924, Arthur Stringer, Empty Hands, New York: A.L. Burt, Chapter 20,[6]
      This, however, did not altogether account for the winey intoxication of happiness that filled her body.
    • 1926, Eric Rücker Eddison, The Worm Ouroboros, New York: Ballantine Books, 1967, Chapter 15, p. 249,[7]
      [] our banquet was turned by him to a battle and our winey mirths to bloody rages.
    • 1963, Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar, London: Faber & Faber, 1966, Chapter 19,[8]
      I thought how lucky it was I had started practising birth control during the day, because in my winey state that night I would never have bothered to perform the delicate and necessary operation.


  • (having the qualities of wine): vinous