tip·​sy | \ ˈtip-sē How to pronounce tipsy (audio) \
tipsier; tipsiest

Definition of tipsy

1 : unsteady, staggering, or foolish from the effects of liquor : fuddled
2 : unsteady, askew a tipsy angle

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Other Words from tipsy

tipsily \ ˈtip-​sə-​lē How to pronounce tipsily (audio) \ adverb
tipsiness \ ˈtip-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce tipsiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for tipsy


besotted, blasted [slang], blind, blitzed [slang], blotto [slang], bombed, boozy, canned [slang], cockeyed, crocked, drunk, drunken, fried, gassed, hammered [slang], high, impaired, inebriate, inebriated, intoxicated, juiced [slang], lit, lit up, loaded [slang], looped, oiled [slang], pickled, pie-eyed, plastered, potted [slang], ripped [slang], sloshed [slang], smashed [slang], sottish, soused, sozzled, squiffed (or squiffy), stewed, stiff, stinking [slang], stoned, tanked [slang], tiddly [chiefly British], tight, wasted [slang], wet, wiped out [slang]


sober, straight

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Examples of tipsy in a Sentence

I got a little tipsy at the party last night. our uncle had too much to drink and was a little tipsy

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Below, bartenders recommend their favorite refreshers to keep you cool—and tipsy—all summer long. Paula Forbes, GQ, "The Drinks Bartenders Serve When It's Way Too Hot Out," 24 June 2018 When Raj later emerges—tipsy, of course—Anu wants to know what is going on. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 8 Nov. 2018 An animated bunch, a bit tipsy from their tasting line up outside the truck, unaware that spare wigs and makeup are the secret ingredients on the top shelf of the tiny kitchen. Melissa Kravitz, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 'Texas Chili Queens' Behind the World's First and Only Drag Queen Food Truck," 1 Oct. 2018 Take your pick: blancmange, tipsy cake, charlotte russe with ladyfingers, cornflake macaroons, sea foam frosting. Barbara Mahany,, "Retro cookbooks offer comforts from another era for these uncertain times," 29 June 2018 Igor Larionov’s most enduring final memory of a healthy, vibrant, happy – and maybe a little tipsy – Vladimir Konstantinov is from that Thursday night before, when the Wings had gathered for dinner at Morton’s. Keith Gave, Detroit Free Press, "Limousine crash ended Detroit Red Wings' summer of joy after just 6 days," 13 June 2018 Mikey Day played Prince Harry, Cecily Strong played a tipsy Kate Middleton and Kate McKinnon played Queen Elizabeth. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "'Saturday Night Live' imagines Bishop Michael Curry's response to the royal wedding," 20 May 2018 Bourbon storage unit gets a little... tipsy The Bardstown bourbon storage facility partially collapsed in June, but on Wednesday the whole thing came down. Madeline Mitchell,, "3 headlines: Nautical news, how your flag shirt isn't patriotic and bourbon breakdown," 4 July 2018 Another weekend, another batch o' fests to keep the entire city full, happy, tipsy and dancing. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this weekend: June 15-18," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of tipsy

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tipsy

tip entry 1 + -sy (as in tricksy)

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English Language Learners Definition of tipsy

informal : unsteady or foolish from drinking : slightly drunk

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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