Main definitions of tiddly in English

: tiddly1tiddly2

tiddly1

Translate tiddly into Spanish

adjectiveadjective tiddlier, adjective tiddliest

informal British
  • Slightly drunk.

    • ‘we were all a little bit tiddly’
    • ‘Oddly enough I found my hotel quite easily last night whilst slightly tiddly, but then got completely lost this morning.’
    • ‘Slightly tiddly, I mentioned my Neil Diamond thing.’
    • ‘I came in at 11.30, off the last bus, having been in the pub since I finished work at 4, so slightly tiddly.’
    • ‘We all got fantastically tiddly on the local brews.’
    • ‘After lunch, he would arrive - often somewhat tiddly - at Tatler's offices in Hanover Square, where lately he worked from three until four each afternoon.’
    • ‘He broke out the smokes and a bottle of wine, and we spent the rest of the evening ‘apologising’ to him, watching football on French TV until we were very tiddly indeed.’
    • ‘We stayed on the dance floor and I was a bit tiddly by then so didn't mind everyone seeing that my dancing had not improved over the years.’
    • ‘I only had a Diamond White and a double Southern Comfort, but I got pretty tiddly.’
    • ‘The next step was a moving ceremony before a fetid room of tiddly students.’
    • ‘In my day girlies had a couple of sweet sherries and went home feeling a bit tiddly and dangerous.’
    • ‘We even managed to squeeze in a bit of a party at the end of our visit when we all went to a saki bar and got tiddly.’
    • ‘We shot a lot of video that night, but these clips are from late in the evening, after much of that licorice-flavored liquor had been consumed, and we're both a mite tiddly.’
    • ‘It had been a long day, the town hall graduation ceremony, lunch at a restaurant with a French name and a bottle of German wine which had made her almost tiddly.’
    • ‘This was not the case of the person who seemed to be laughing a lot, inquiring whether that was because they were tiddly or whether they were simply in high spirits.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin

Pronunciation

tiddly

/ˈtidlē/ /ˈtɪdli/

Origin

Mid 19th century (as a noun denoting an alcoholic drink, particularly of spirits): perhaps from slang tiddlywink, denoting an unlicensed public house. The current sense dates from the early 20th century.

Main definitions of tiddly in English

: tiddly1tiddly2

tiddly2

Translate tiddly into Spanish

adjectiveadjective tiddlier, adjective tiddliest

informal British
  • Little; tiny.

    • ‘a tiddly little pool’
    little, small-scale, compact, bijou

Pronunciation

tiddly

/ˈtidlē/ /ˈtɪdli/

Origin

Mid 19th century variant of colloquial tiddy, of unknown origin.