Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Slightly intoxicated.
  • adjective Unsteady or crooked.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • adjective slightly intoxicated
  • adjective unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated

Etymologies

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

[From tip.]

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

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