tipsy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj tipsy slightly intoxicated
    • adj tipsy unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated "a tipsy boat"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tipsy Being under the influence of strong drink; rendered weak or foolish by liquor, but not absolutely or completely drunk; fuddled; intoxicated.
    • Tipsy Staggering, as if from intoxication; reeling. "Midnight shout and revelry, Tipsy dance and jollity."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • tipsy Overcome with drink so as to stagger slightly; partially intoxicated; fuddled; boozy.
    • tipsy Manifesting or characterized by tipsiness; proceeding from or giving rise to inebriation.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Tipsy tip′si partially intoxicated
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to tipple,; cf. Prov. G. tips, drunkenness, betipst, drunk, tipsy. See Tipple
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tipple.

Usage

In literature:

Father, with his head on his arm, at the foot of the bed, slept a tipsy, sorrowful sleep.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
This is cherry-pie, and there is some tipsy cake.
"Big Game" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
But how did they manage to get so tipsy?
"Frank Oldfield" by T.P. Wilson
Can you fancy what I felt to hear your flageolet playing for tipsy fools in Ludovic's room?
"Doom Castle" by Neil Munro
There on the deck lay the tipsy sailor over whom I had fallen, and about ten feet away there was another.
"Sail Ho!" by George Manville Fenn
The shots we heard told us that they had already fired at each other several times, but were too tipsy to take a steady aim.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
He was pleasant enough in manner, and rather amusing when he happened not to be tipsy.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
This made Dick suspect that they had been amusing themselves by trying to make the child tipsy.
"Charley Laurel" by W. H. G. Kingston
When last I saw my Indian mother and tyrannical old father, they both lay on the ground helplessly tipsy.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
Old Tipsy did own to that.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
***

In poetry:

While snowflakes blind and blanket out
The distance more and more,
A tipsy shadow gropes his way
And staggers to the door.
"First Snow" by Boris Pasternak
The ostler has a tipsy cat
that plays a five-stringed fiddle;
And up and down he runs his bow,
Now squeaking high, now purring low,
now sawing in the middle.
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien
The question, gentlemen—is one of liquor.
You ask for guidance—this is my reply:
He says, when tipsy, he would thrash and kick her.
Let's make him tipsy, gentlemen, and try!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Then the ostler said to his tipsy cat:
‘The white horses of the Moon,
They neigh and champ their silver bits;
But their master's been and drowned his wits,
and the Sun'll be rising soon!’
"There Is An Inn, A Merry Old Inn" by J R R Tolkien
We're twenty! We're twenty! Who says we are more?
He's tipsy,— young jackanapes!— show him the door!
"Gray temples at twenty?"— Yes ! white if we please;
Where the snow-flakes fall thickest there's nothing can freeze!
"The Boys" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Although thou'rt a cold water star,
As I have said, I think, already,
Thou'rt hailed, by many a tipsy tar,
Who likes thee just because thou'rt steady,
And hold'st the candle for the rover,
When he is more than 'half seas over.'
"Slaveholder's Address To The North Star" by John Pierpont

In news:

Tipsy arrives after year hiatus without canine.
Lance Bass and Kris Jenner front row at the Tumbler And Tipsy By Michael Kuluva Spring 2013 fashion show, held at Style360 in the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York City.
Needless to say, they were pretty tipsy by the end of the show.
Many were wondering if ABC anchor Diane Sawyer was tipsy on the air during her Election Day coverage.
Tweets mock Diane Sawyer as 'tipsy,' 'hammered'.
Tipsy Tow back through the new year.
Move over Red Bull-n-vodka, there's a new energy-inducing cocktail in tipsy town.
See which stars talked about hitting the sauce and who actually showed up tipsy, on our video roundup.
But dammit — you're hungry, and no amount of tipsy wishing can summon the Tamale Lady on command.
On one visit to the Tipsy Pig, early in the evening and in the week, it seemed a fairly quiet neighborhood restaurant and bar with uneven food.
Tipsy Tarpon hosts Estero chamber's inaugural holiday party Thursday.
TEXOMA-AAA's tipsy tow service in Ardmore ends at New Year's Day at midnight.
Things Could Get Ugly For Lindsay Lohan: Tipsy Terror Mulls Part on ABC Show.
Doug's tipsy turkey taste test.
Don't get this tipsy tonight.
***