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  • adj. slightly drunk or intoxicated; tipsy
  • adj. Crooked, askew; awry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Somewhat intoxicated; tipsy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tight; tipsy; drunk.

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

  • adj. very drunk


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Unknown, possibly coined in the 19th century



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