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 tipsy (audio) \ adverb
tipsiness \ ˈtip-​sē-​nəs How to pronounce tipsy (audio) \ noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web On average, people spent $423.73 for the year on tipsy purchases, a steep drop from the previous year’s $768.58. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Americans, somehow, spent less money drunk shopping in 2020 than in previous years," 16 Mar. 2021 First, obviously, there’s the pandemic, which means that celebrities will not be tipsy and shoulder-to-shoulder around tables in a Beverly Hills ballroom. Mark Olsen Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Indie Focus: Andra Day shines in ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 26 Feb. 2021 In one striking scene, Plummer describes a blonde habitué who sits tipsy and naked under her furs on a barstool, occasionally dropping her coat to shock the clientele. Helen Shaw, Vulture, "Please, Everyone, Read Christopher Plummer’s Autobiography," 19 Feb. 2021 In a year in which more than 338,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, viewers may notice a tonal shift compared with the goofy — and sometimes tipsy — coverage of years past. New York Times, "How the Networks Will Fill Airtime on a Quiet New Year’s Eve," 30 Dec. 2020 Behold: Thirty non-snooze-worthy Thanksgiving movies to watch during that awkward time after dinner when everyone's full and tipsy, but not ready to go to bed yet. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "28 Non-Corny Thanksgiving Movies to Cue Up This Year," 10 Nov. 2020 Due to its lower mass weight (3.6 pounds) and overall design, the Edge 320 felt tipsy when shooting in the wind. Jace Bauserman, Outdoor Life, "Are Flagship Bows Really Worth the Money? We Tested Bowtech’s Revolt and the Diamond Edge 320 to Find Out," 12 Oct. 2020 The bottle's first victims are Alexis and Stevie, who share a pretty nonsexual peck on the lips before Alexis spins on to her own tipsy boyfriend. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Daniel Levy Slams Comedy Central India for Removing a Gay Kiss From Schitt’s Creek," 7 Oct. 2020 Once a week Matt and I would leave Julian with a babysitter and gorge ourselves on jamón, gambas, and almejas and come home tipsy at midnight. Stephanie Danler, Condé Nast Traveler, "Author Stephanie Danler on Spain’s Eternal Draw," 6 Aug. 2020

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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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24 Mar 2021

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“Tipsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tipsy

informal : unsteady or foolish from drinking : slightly drunk

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