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adjective, tip·si·er, tip·si·est.
  1. slightly intoxicated or drunk.
  2. characterized by or due to intoxication: a tipsy lurch.
  3. tipping, unsteady, or tilted, as if from intoxication.
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Origin of tipsy

1570–80; tip2 or obsolete tip strong drink (perhaps back formation from tipple1) + -sy. Compare obsolete bumpsy in same sense
Related formstip·si·ly, adverbtip·si·ness, noun
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Related Words

intoxicated, addled, woozy, unsteady, dazed, drunk, drunken, happy, high, lit, loaded, mellow, merry, tight, stewed

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Historical Examples

  • Let him go and find carrots at a sou the bunch elsewhere, tipsy scoundrel that he is!

  • But never mind that now; don't get tipsy again, if you can help it, and that's all about it.

  • His tipsy companions at first assisted him with noisy cheers.

  • He told this story of the tipsy wife: She sent her son for brush to heat her oven.


    Samuel T. Pickard

  • The man talked like one tipsy, but I did not think it was with drink.


    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for tipsy


adjective -sier or -siest
  1. slightly drunk
  2. slightly tilted or tipped; askew
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Derived Formstipsily, adverbtipsiness, noun

Word Origin

C16: from tip ²
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Word Origin and History for tipsy


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

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