(orig. university) a party at which those assembled drink wine.
|Alton Locke (1862) 123: He disappeared every day about four to ‘hall’; after which he did not reappear till eight, the interval being taken up, he said, in ‘wines’ and an hour of billiards.|
|Tom Brown at Oxford (1880) 91: How that snubbing you got at the Ecclesiological wine party seems to rankle [...] I’ll never mention that unfortunate wine again.|
|Little Mr. Bouncer 53: Did you hear of Warner of Exeter’s Wine, last monday night?|
|Daily News 6 Mar. in (1909) 267/1: His first ‘wine’, given in his own room, was an awful ordeal.|
|Echo 5 Sept. n.p.: Surely such a wine was never given at Oxford in any gentleman’s room [F&H].|
SE in slang uses
a drunkard who prefers wine to beer or spirits.
|Sl. and Its Analogues.|
(US Und.) a wine-drinking alcoholic.
|You Can’t Win (2000) 131: It serves me right [...] if I get lousy throwing all you wine bums in and out of the wagon.|
(Aus.) a drinker of cheap wine.
|Riverslake 35: What’s his special? Is he a wine-dot?|
|Restless Men 171: Yah, yer bloody winedot [...] You pong like a camel-driver’s jockstrap.|
|More Aus. Nicknames 109: The Wyandotte It started as the Winedot, and was the nickname of a worker who simply would not face the night shift without a bottle of wine.|
|(ref. to 1920s–30s) Boozing out in Melbourne Pubs 15: Those who followed the Bacchic way were variously known as plonk fiends or artists, plonkos, winos, bombo bashers, winedots and wyandottes.|
(US Und.) a cheap bar, frequented by wine-drinking alcoholics.
|Pacific Unitarian 18-19 270/1: On lower Jackson street there is a wine dump of the lowest order, frequented by dope fiends. Men sit at the tables drinking the cheap wine, snuffing cocaine or injecting the drug into their flesh.|
|You Can’t Win (2000) 129: The wine dumps, where wine bums or ‘winos’ hung out, interested me. Long, dark, dirty rooms with rows of rickety tables, and a long bar behind which were barrels of the deadly ‘foot juice’ or ‘red ink,’ as the winos called it. Sometimes the dump was equipped with a small lunch counter in the back where the winos could buy for a nickel a big plate of something that looked like stew, and a hunk of stale bread.|
|Golden Dawns 148: Henry first got drunk in what was commonly known, in the vernacular of the soldier, as a ‘wine dump,’ of which there were a number in the Italian section of San Francisco.|
(US) an alcoholic for whom wine is the intoxicant of choice.
|Web of the City (1983) 52: Pa Santoro was a wine-gut.|
(US) an alcoholic who opts for wine as their preferred intoxicant; also attrib.
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 146: There’s a wine-head lying on the stoop like he’s dead.‘Wrong Way Home’ in|
|Venetian Blonde (2006) 250: You goddam winehead.|
|Howard Street 61: Go fuck yourself, you wine-head bastard.|
|Street Players 213: He would stand and drink wine with the bums and wineheads.|
|Brown’s Requiem 46: Walter was a winehead, and when he couldn’t threaten or cajole his mother into wine money, he would rip off flat pint bottles.|
|Way Past Cool 56: The Friends skated casually [...] dodging the legs of wineheads and zoners sticking from doorways.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 311: Wiggling wineheads and jakelegged juicers made mad by Muscatel.‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in|