tip·sy | \ˈtip-sē \
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 \ adverb
tipsiness \ˈtip-sē-nəs \ noun

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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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 Others, like a group of tipsy Swedes wearing horned helmets, were stealing away some of the demand for pictures. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "A Sombrero and a Dream: One Desperate Fan’s World Cup Odyssey," 25 June 2018 While tipsy partygoers sway to thumping dance music at the bars along Water Street in downtown Worcester, a more relaxed crowd assembles across the street at The Summit Lounge, a private club for smoking marijuana. Nicole Defeudis,, "A family-run club for marijuana enthusiasts opens shop in Worcester," 21 June 2018 One of the earliest attempts to estimate the number of genes in the human genome involved tipsy geneticists, a bar in Cold Spring Harbor, New York, and pure guesswork. Cassandra Willyard, Scientific American, "New Human Gene Tally Reignites Debate," 19 June 2018

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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

: unsteady or foolish from drinking : slightly drunk

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