Definition of squiffy in English:



  • 1Slightly drunk.

    ‘I feel quite squiffy’
    • ‘Do they mean anything, faces, Maggie would think to herself when she was a bit squiffy and had had one too many glasses of sparkly spumante.’
    • ‘While we're of the subject of goats…… I have a friend who once got so squiffy at a party she signed up for a twelve week goat keeping course.’
    • ‘She'll drink a little if we go out for dinner, but never enough to get squiffy.’
    • ‘She last played Scotland with Dreadzone at The Arches in Glasgow, where she remembers getting rather squiffy on port and not much else.’
    • ‘They leak, they give the wine a plastic flavour, they are nigh on impossible to remove with a cork screw when you're squiffy.’
    • ‘It's good to see that Gandalf has his human side, and gets squiffy at a post-Oscars party.’
    • ‘Much gin was drunk, much inane rubbish and some serious stuff was discussed, and we all went home pleasantly squiffy.’
    • ‘I protest that this is unfair as I am slightly squiffy, but they insist.’
    • ‘You'd think I'd have learned long ago not to argue with those with a slightly squiffy glint in their eye.’
    • ‘I feel a bit squiffy… actually make that a lot squiffy.’
    • ‘In fact, shopping while slightly squiffy on cocktails is probably the closest any lady can get to heaven, in my opinion.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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  • 2Askew; awry.

    ‘the graphics make your eyes go squiffy’
    • ‘Well, when I first start the treatment I get a couple of days feeling a little squiffy and disoriented.’
    • ‘I read about it somewhere, they can make your brain go all squiffy.’
    • ‘‘It was another one of those days for Tiger: lots of good shots and one or two squiffy drives,’ said Brown.’
    • ‘So we came from what was once Middlesex before the Greater London Council claimed London Boroughs that far out (forgive me if my history is a bit squiffy there.)’
    • ‘Which was actually not a bad idea, since by the time I had done level 16, my eyes were going squiffy and I thought I could sleep some more.’
    • ‘Whereas cocodamol are great for sending a person squiffy in the head, they're pretty useless for relieving agonising back pain.’
    askew, crooked, lopsided, uneven, asymmetrical, to one side, off-centre, skewed, skew, misaligned
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Mid 19th century: of unknown origin.