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

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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 Perhaps Wiig’s ballet background gave her the tools to craft her devastating physical impressions of stars such as Liza Minnelli, with tipsy, exaggerated diva gestures, and a hip-swinging, go-go-dancing Ann-Margret. Washington Post, "These 18 movie stars are also amazing dancers. That’s their real superpower.," 9 Jan. 2020 But the enduring fascination with a bard who died in 1796 at the age of 37—leaving more questions than answers about his life, character and ideology—goes well beyond tipsy socialising. The Economist, "A trusty fiere Robert Burns’s international appeal," 24 Jan. 2020 The Golden Globes are Hollywood’s drunk wedding (with Olivia Colman as the tipsy mother of the groom), but this year’s participants seem to crave some emotional tether to guide them through a glitzy evening in an incongruously menacing world. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The 2020 Golden Globes Recap: Michelle Williams for President," 6 Jan. 2020 The Houston Astros were planning to fly home late Friday evening feeling a little tipsy with the scent of champagne and beer on their clothes, and hang out in Houston all weekend waiting for the World Series. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Yankees stave off elimination, beat Justin Verlander, Astros in Game 5 of ALCS," 19 Oct. 2019 Hervé stood at the front of the room, smiling, watching the tipsy crowd work through the buffet line and find seats at wooden banquet tables. Amiel Stanek, Bon Appétit, "My Totally Racous, Très French, Super Wine-Soaked Weekend in the Loire," 13 Dec. 2019 Other times, your tipsy little craft defies the odds and makes it through the rapids. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "In real life they were white men. This Baltimore play uses women, people of color to tell their story.," 13 Dec. 2019 Indifferent to her husband’s tipsy desire, Gretta has a lost one of her own to mourn: her childhood sweetheart, Michael Furey. The Economist, "Few tidings of comfort and joy Forget “A Christmas Carol”—“The Dead” is the greatest Christmas story," 2 Dec. 2019 Beer and whiskey were young people’s beverages of choice; wine was for lawyer dads who bragged about their supple California Cabernets, or tipsy moms with enormous afternoon glasses of Chardonnay. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, "How Natural Wine Became a Symbol of Virtuous Consumption," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of tipsy was in 1577

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26 Feb 2020

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“Tipsy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tipsy

informal : unsteady or foolish from drinking : slightly drunk

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