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tipsy

[tip-see] /ˈtɪp si/
adjective, tipsier, tipsiest.
1.
slightly intoxicated or drunk.
2.
characterized by or due to intoxication:
a tipsy lurch.
3.
tipping, unsteady, or tilted, as if from intoxication.
Origin
1570-1580
1570-80; tip2 or obsolete tip strong drink (perhaps back formation from tipple1) + -sy. Compare obsolete bumpsy in same sense
Related forms
tipsily, adverb
tipsiness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tipsiness

tipsy

/ˈtɪpsɪ/
adjective -sier, -siest
1.
slightly drunk
2.
slightly tilted or tipped; askew
Derived Forms
tipsily, adverb
tipsiness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from tip²
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Word Origin and History for tipsiness

tipsy

adj.

1570s, from tip (v.1); later associated with tipple. Tipsy-cake (1806) was cake saturated with wine or liquor.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for tipsiness

tippy-toe

verb

To walk silently: God-damn it, Hubert! Don't tippy-toe around like that (1901+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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