Definition of tipsy in English:



  • Slightly drunk.

    ‘tipsy revellers’
    • ‘A lot of very civilised, if slightly tipsy, wine tasting and cheese eating followed.’
    • ‘Chinese attitudes towards alcohol have always been fairly relaxed, and to be slightly tipsy is not a disgrace.’
    • ‘Damien was also pleased to notice she was slightly tipsy on her feet.’
    • ‘He held the glass in a slightly tipsy toast, speaking to the picture in a slightly slurred voice.’
    • ‘Have the tipsy revellers in the back row of pews at midnight mass come to share the wonder of the virgin birth?’
    • ‘She technically shouldn't be consuming alcohol but let's be realistic - she may get a bit tipsy at some stage.’
    • ‘A slightly tipsy poet can't blame his cat for wanting to join in the fun.’
    • ‘I still haven't understood why I get tipsy in a couple of glasses of wine but I can drink gallons of other things before it makes a difference.’
    • ‘Last year I got slightly tipsy, threw up a number of times and remembered next to nothing.’
    • ‘He also knew that I'd never, ever turn up for work even slightly tipsy.’
    • ‘There can't have been one Christmas since 1982 that I haven't been tipsy if not out-and-out drunk.’
    • ‘Suddenly, a slightly tipsy Alex slipped an arm around her and crushed her to him.’
    • ‘I'm slightly tipsy and I have chicken grease and hot piri-piri sauce running down my face.’
    • ‘Being slightly tipsy, he forgot to put on his white gloves at the start of the parade.’
    • ‘He just quietly got on with his own slightly tipsy form of people-watching.’
    • ‘You may remember that I spent most of the ball slightly tipsy and at the same time I was trying to quit smoking.’
    • ‘I was slightly tipsy as I'd had a few more glasses of that punch.’
    • ‘All this is accompanied by a bottle of the restaurant's own champagne making us slightly tipsy and drowsy.’
    • ‘In the 25 years I've known her, I have only seen her drunk once and tipsy thrice.’
    • ‘I got back to the dorm half an hour later, slightly tipsy, and wanting my boyfriend's arms around me.’
    merry, mellow, slightly drunk
    tiddly, squiffy
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Late 16th century: from the verb tip + -sy.