adjective Etymology: tiddly an alcoholic drink, probably from English dialect tiddly Date: 1905 chiefly British slightly drunk

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  • tiddly — UK [ˈtɪd(ə)lɪ] / US or tiddley UK / US adjective Word forms tiddly : adjective tiddly comparative tiddlier superlative tiddliest British informal 1) slightly drunk 2) very small …   English dictionary

  • tiddly — Ⅰ. tiddly [1] ► ADJECTIVE (tiddlier, tiddliest) informal, chiefly Brit. ▪ slightly drunk. ORIGIN perhaps from slang tiddlywink, denoting an unlicensed public house. Ⅱ. tiddly [2] ► …   English terms dictionary

  • tiddly — tiddly1 [tid′lē] adj. [prob. < tiddly wink, illicit grogshop, rhyming slang for DRINK] [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] drunk; tipsy tiddly2 [tid′lē] adj. [prob. < child s alteration of little] Brit. very small; little …   English World dictionary

  • tiddly — [[t]tɪ̱dəli[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED If someone is tiddly, they are slightly drunk. [BRIT, INFORMAL] Syn: tipsy 2) ADJ GRADED If you describe a thing as tiddly, you mean that it is very small. [BRIT, INFORMAL] ...a tiddly picture. Syn: tiny …   English dictionary

  • tiddly —    slightly drunk    Rhyming and punning slang on tiddly wink, a drink, which was an unlicensed inn or pawnshop before it came to mean the game played in pubs with counters:     I poured her wine carefully. Ma, you ll get tiddly. (Bogarde, 1983) …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • tiddly — tid|dly [ˈtıdli] adj BrE informal [Sense: 1; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: Origin unknown.] [Sense: 2; Date: 1800 1900; Origin: tiddy very small (18 20 centuries)] 1.) slightly drunk 2.) very small ▪ a tiddly little insect …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • tiddly — neat, tidy, clean and shiny, spiffy    The ship is ready for inspection. Everything is tiddly …   English idioms

  • tiddly — adjective BrE informal 1 slightly drunk 2 very small: a tiddly little insect …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • tiddly — /tid lee/, adj. Chiefly Brit. Slang. slightly drunk; tipsy. [1885 90; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • tiddly — adjective drunk Syn: tipsy See Also: tiddlywinks …   Wiktionary

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