[ tid-lee ]

adjectiveChiefly British Slang.
  1. slightly drunk; tipsy.

Origin of tiddly

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain

Words Nearby tiddly

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How to use tiddly in a sentence

  • Montana didn't pass that 1912 law simply because legislators got tired of playing tiddly-winks and needed something to do.

    Montana vs. the Supreme Court | Michael Tomasky | May 23, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Give us "Hi-tiddly-hi" on that mouth-orgin o' yours, will yer?

    Voces Populi | F. Anstey
  • "tiddly-omty-om," was the bowler-hatted one's surprising reply.

    The Adventures of Sally | P. G. Wodehouse
  • There was a chandelier from tiddly winks for the look of the thing, but of course she lit the residence herself.

    Peter and Wendy | James Matthew Barrie
  • tiddly, widdly, widdly, Mrs. Tittlemouse; you seem to have plenty of visitors!

British Dictionary definitions for tiddly (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtɪdlɪ) /

adjective-dlier or -dliest
  1. British small; tiny

Origin of tiddly

C19: childish variant of little

British Dictionary definitions for tiddly (2 of 2)


/ (ˈtɪdlɪ) /

adjective-dlier or -dliest
  1. slang, mainly British slightly drunk

Origin of tiddly

C19 (meaning: a drink): of unknown origin

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