(Tip"staff`) n.; pl. Tipstaff
1. A staff tipped with metal. Bacon.
2. An officer who bears a staff tipped with metal; a constable. Macaulay.
(Tip"sy) a. [Compar. Tipsier ; superl. Tipsiest.] [Akin to tipple; cf. Prov. G. tips drunkenness,
betipst drunk, tipsy. See Tipple.]
1. Being under the influence of strong drink; rendered weak or foolish by liquor, but not absolutely or
completely drunk; fuddled; intoxicated.
2. Staggering, as if from intoxication; reeling.
Midnight shout and revelry,Milton.
Tipsy dance and jollity.
(Tip"toe`) n.; pl. Tiptoes The end, or tip, of the toe.
He must . . . stand on his typtoon [tiptoes].Chaucer.
Upon his tiptoes stalketh stately by.Spenser. To be, or To stand, a tiptoe or on tiptoe, to be awake or alive to anything; to be roused; to be eager
or alert; as, to be a tiptoe with expectation.
1. Being on tiptoe, or as on tiptoe; hence, raised as high as possible; lifted up; exalted; also, alert.
Night's candles are burnt out, and jocund dayShak.
Stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops.
Above the tiptoe pinnacle of glory.Byron.
2. Noiseless; stealthy. "With tiptoe step." Cowper.
Tiptoe mirth, the highest degree of mirth. Sir W. Scott.
(Tip"toe`), v. i. To step or walk on tiptoe.
(Tip"top`) n. [Tip end + top.] The highest or utmost degree; the best of anything. [Colloq.]
(Tip"top`), a. Very excellent; most excellent; perfect. [Colloq.] "Four tiptop voices." Gray. "Sung in
a tiptop manner." Goldsmith.
(||Tip"u*la) n.; pl. L. Tipulæ E. Tipulas [L., the water spider, or water spinner.] (Zoöl.) Any one
of many species of long-legged dipterous insects belonging to Tipula and allied genera. They have long
and slender bodies. See Crane fly, under Crane.
(Tip"u*la*ry) a. [Cf. F. tipulaire.] (Zoöl.) Of or pertaining to the tipulas.
(Tip"-up`) n. (Zoöl.) The spotted sandpiper; called also teeter-tail. See under Sandpiper.
(Ti*rade") n. [F., fr. It. tirada, properly, a pulling; hence, a lengthening out, a long speech, a
tirade, fr. tirare to draw; of Teutonic origin, and akin to E. tear to redn. See Tear to rend, and cf. Tire