Meaning of squiffy in English:


Pronunciation /ˈskwɪfi/

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adjectiveadjective squiffier, adjective squiffiest

informal British
  • 1Slightly drunk.

    • ‘I feel quite squiffy’
    • ‘You'd think I'd have learned long ago not to argue with those with a slightly squiffy glint in their eye.’
    • ‘I protest that this is unfair as I am slightly squiffy, but they insist.’
    • ‘In fact, shopping while slightly squiffy on cocktails is probably the closest any lady can get to heaven, in my opinion.’
    • ‘I feel a bit squiffy… actually make that a lot squiffy.’
    • ‘While we're of the subject of goats…… I have a friend who once got so squiffy at a party she signed up for a twelve week goat keeping course.’
    • ‘She last played Scotland with Dreadzone at The Arches in Glasgow, where she remembers getting rather squiffy on port and not much else.’
    • ‘They leak, they give the wine a plastic flavour, they are nigh on impossible to remove with a cork screw when you're squiffy.’
    • ‘Do they mean anything, faces, Maggie would think to herself when she was a bit squiffy and had had one too many glasses of sparkly spumante.’
    • ‘Much gin was drunk, much inane rubbish and some serious stuff was discussed, and we all went home pleasantly squiffy.’
    • ‘It's good to see that Gandalf has his human side, and gets squiffy at a post-Oscars party.’
    • ‘She'll drink a little if we go out for dinner, but never enough to get squiffy.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
  • 2Askew; awry.

    • ‘the graphics make your eyes go squiffy’
    • ‘I read about it somewhere, they can make your brain go all squiffy.’
    • ‘Whereas cocodamol are great for sending a person squiffy in the head, they're pretty useless for relieving agonising back pain.’
    • ‘Well, when I first start the treatment I get a couple of days feeling a little squiffy and disoriented.’
    • ‘‘It was another one of those days for Tiger: lots of good shots and one or two squiffy drives,’ said Brown.’
    • ‘Which was actually not a bad idea, since by the time I had done level 16, my eyes were going squiffy and I thought I could sleep some more.’
    • ‘So we came from what was once Middlesex before the Greater London Council claimed London Boroughs that far out (forgive me if my history is a bit squiffy there.)’
    askew, crooked, lopsided, uneven, asymmetrical, to one side, off-centre, skewed, skew, misaligned


Mid 19th century of unknown origin.