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

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 Young gets to pop in and out as Martha Washington, then as a tipsy Dolly Madison, while Mani struts superiority as Pinckney. David L. Coddon, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Apr. 2022 And Mike Pence did a convincing imitation of a weary husband patiently waiting for his tipsy wife to stop talking. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Despite a thick slab (40 millimeters under the heel) of soft and bouncy dual-density EVA foam, the shoe still feels surprisingly stable—not bulky or tipsy as some high-stack shoes can be. The Editors, Outside Online, 7 Nov. 2021 Jay enlisted artist Lukas Geronimas to DJ after dinner, smoothing out what usually ends up as an ad hoc dance party with tipsy guests fighting over the aux cord while those too gravid with barbeque to dance sip ginger ale and watch. Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Ben Rhodes, whose tipsy post-race press conference from Phoenix Raceway went viral in NASCAR circles, returns to defend his championship for ThorSport Racing, a Truck Series team since 1996 based in Ohio. Mark Heim |, al, 18 Feb. 2022 Prior to these remarks, Fox apparently got a bit tipsy alongside Blake Lively and the Jonas Brothers. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 21 July 2021 Everett would usually close out the night with a tipsy showstopper. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 27 Dec. 2021 Swinton, her wig and gown glowing Heatmiser orange, is our tipsy, confiding tour guide. Leah Greenblatt,, 4 Sep. 2021 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Tipsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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