Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Slightly intoxicated.
  • adj. Unsteady or crooked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. slightly drunk, fuddled, staggering, foolish as a result of drinking alcoholic beverages
  • adj. unsteady, askew

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Being under the influence of strong drink; rendered weak or foolish by liquor, but not absolutely or completely drunk; fuddled; intoxicated.
  • adj. Staggering, as if from intoxication; reeling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Overcome with drink so as to stagger slightly; partially intoxicated; fuddled; boozy.
  • Manifesting or characterized by tipsiness; proceeding from or giving rise to inebriation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. slightly intoxicated
  • adj. unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated

Etymologies

From tip2.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
tip ("upset") + -s- ("(interconsonantal)") +‎ -y (“quality”). The -s- is for euphony (sound) following a plosive – compare artsy, folksy, and sudsy. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Chris Libby recalled how his younger brother, Dustin, looked the day he shipped off for boot camp — a kid with scruffy, long hair, still a bit tipsy from the previous night's festivities.

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  • So I get back from Thane's about 5-ish, still tipsy from the tequila, and figure I'll take a nap, just an hour or two.

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  • Vice-President was drunk -- he stammered out a few broken sentences in tipsy glorification of himself as a "plebeian," to the disgust and shame of all who assisted at the ceremony.

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  • Not that he was in the least "tipsy" -- that low-word applicable only to low people, and not men of property, who have a right to enjoy all the good things of this life.

    Mistress and Maid. A Household Story.

  • Neighbour Joe Peter Martin recalls a tipsy evening of naked wrestling in front of the fire, Jim is laid up with a bad back and Dave and Denise fear their gift of a fridge magnet will be upstaged by Anthony.

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  • The beer here is stronger than in the U.S. (about 4. 8\% vs. 3. 4\% in a Bud Light), so it is sort of tricky when you think you haven't had that many drinks but are suddenly pretty tipsy, which is exactly what happened to me last night.

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  • We were initially seduced by "tipsy" in the title, but once we tried thirschfeld's recipe, we fell in love with much more than the Jack-Daniels-infused syrup.

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  • If I'm staying in the Hotel from the Shining I want to get drunk not "tipsy". kale

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  • One morning we ate breakfast on the beach and with full bellies and kind of tipsy on Mojitos, we ran and jumped in the ocean.

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  • D&D and "tipsy" kinda mesh, but I don't think D&D and "drunk" would...

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