tipsy

[tip-see]
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:
1570–80; tip2 or obsolete tip strong drink (perhaps back formation from tipple1) + -sy. Compare obsolete bumpsy in same sense

tipsily, adverb
tipsiness, noun
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tipsy (ˈtɪpsɪ)
 
adj , -sier, -siest
1.  slightly drunk
2.  slightly tilted or tipped; askew
 
[C16: from tip²]
 
'tipsily
 
adv
 
'tipsiness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

tipsy
1577, from tip (v.1); later associated with tipple. Tipsy-cake (1806) was cake saturated with wine or liquor.
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Example sentences
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.
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