- slightly intoxicated or drunk.
- characterized by or due to intoxication: a tipsy lurch.
- tipping, unsteady, or tilted, as if from intoxication.
Origin of tipsy
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Examples from the Web for tipsy
A rush of water spills from above, but not from the bottle of an absent-minded commuter or tipsy traveler.Leaky Ceilings, Catcalls, and Uncaged Pythons: 4 Hours on NYC’s Worst Subway
August 8, 2014
The Schiaparelli Spring/Summer 2014 collection can be seen as something of a tipsy take on couture.Schiaparelli Returns to Couture at Paris Fashion Week
January 21, 2014
You might only get tipsy, but how much fun would it be if any of this actually happened?State of the Union Drinking Games
Shushannah Walshe, David A. Graham
January 25, 2011
How tipsy you'll be when you toast the new year could depend on your sex, education level, and where you live.Who Drinks the Most Alcohol?
December 29, 2010
Let him go and find carrots at a sou the bunch elsewhere, tipsy scoundrel that he is!The Fat and the Thin
But never mind that now; don't get tipsy again, if you can help it, and that's all about it.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
His tipsy companions at first assisted him with noisy cheers.The Shadow of a Crime
He told this story of the tipsy wife: She sent her son for brush to heat her oven.Whittier-land
Samuel T. Pickard
The man talked like one tipsy, but I did not think it was with drink.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- slightly drunk
- slightly tilted or tipped; askew
C16: from tip ²
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Word Origin and History for tipsy
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