[ tip-see ]
/ ˈtɪp si /

adjective, tip·si·er, tip·si·est.

slightly intoxicated or drunk.
characterized by or due to intoxication: a tipsy lurch.
tipping, unsteady, or tilted, as if from intoxication.

Origin of tipsy

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

Related forms

tip·si·ly, adverbtip·si·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tipsy


/ (ˈtɪpsɪ) /

adjective -sier or -siest

slightly drunk
slightly tilted or tipped; askew

Derived Forms

tipsily, adverbtipsiness, noun

Word Origin for tipsy

C16: from tip ²
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