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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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Examples for tipsy
  • From tipsy tree shrews to drunken monkeys, the primate lineage crawls with critters getting high off the hooch.
  • No, it is not a pattern made by tipsy graduate students.
  • There are plenty of tales of animals finding some alcohol and getting tipsy.
  • But with a stiff shot of science, you can hustle the tipsy into picking up your tab.
  • Out: the snarly parking valet, the too-cool-to-notice-you hostess and the tipsy-hipster pool scene.
  • Lest while he is tipsy and reeling, some robber his cloak should be stealing.
  • Their dialogue has the wit, the gaudy sentiment and the exuberance of a tipsy poet.
  • Paintings of swerving trains and tipsy houses are taped to the wall.
  • His left leg arched out a tad to the side as he swung it forward, producing a tipsy waddle.
  • It offers visitors a more serene environment in which to enjoy the laid-back, sun-tipsy lifestyle of the region.
British Dictionary definitions for tipsy

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 tipsy
tipsy
1577, 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 tipsy

tipsy

adjective

Mildly drunk (1577+)


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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