Definition of squiffy in English:

squiffy

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Pronunciation: /ˈskwɪfi
 
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adjective (squiffier, squiffiest)

British informal
  • 1Slightly drunk: I feel quite squiffy
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    • 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.
  • 2Askew; awry: the graphics make your eyes go squiffy
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    • 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.

Derivatives

squiffily

adverb
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  • Mr D and I once squiffily scratched out an apostrophe on a sign which said 'flat's'.
  • You catch several of the more senior academics eyeing you in a squiffily lascivious manner, and you are not averse to a little fun.
  • Throughout his political career, his favourite way of suggesting statesmanship has been to narrow his eyes and peer squiffily into the not-quite-middle distance.

Origin

mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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