tipsy

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

tip (upset) + -s- ((interconsonantal)) +‎ -y (quality). The -s- is for euphony (sound) following a plosive – compare artsy, folksy, and sudsy.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

tipsy (comparative tipsier, superlative tipsiest)

  1. slightly drunk, fuddled, staggering, foolish as a result of drinking alcoholic beverages
  2. (metonymically) unsteady, askew

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Derived termsEdit

  • tipsy cake

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ReferencesEdit

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967
Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 15:00