Etymology
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tipsy (adj.)

1570s, from tip (v.1); compare drowsy, flimsy, tricksy. Later associated with tipple. Tipsy-cake (1806) was stale cake saturated with wine or liquor.

updated on February 10, 2014

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Definitions of tipsy from WordNet

tipsy (adj.)
slightly intoxicated;
Synonyms: potty / tiddly
tipsy (adj.)
unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated;
a tipsy boat
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