1. slightly intoxicated

    Synonyms : potty, tiddly
  2. unstable and prone to tip as if intoxicated

    Examples :
    • a tipsy boat


  1. characterized by intense emotion

    Synonyms : ardent, fervent, fervid, fiery, impassioned, perfervid
    Examples :
    • a torrid love affair
  2. emotionally charged and vigorously energetic

    Examples :
    • a torrid dance
    • torrid jazz bands
    • hot trumpets and torrid rhythms
  3. extremely hot and dry

    Examples :
    • the torrid heat of the noonday sun


  1. a person who tries to please someone in order to gain a personal advantage

    Synonyms : ass-kisser, crawler, lackey, sycophant
    Type Of : adulator, flatterer
  2. try to gain favor by cringing or flattering

    Synonyms : bootlick, fawn, kotow, kowtow, suck up, truckle
    Type Of : blandish, flatter


  1. providing protective supervision; watching over or safeguarding

    Synonyms : custodial, tutelar
    Examples :
    • tutelary gods


  1. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious

    Synonyms : byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled
    Examples :
    • tortuous legal procedures
    • tortuous negotiations lasting for months
  2. marked by repeated turns and bends

    Synonyms : twisting, twisty, voluminous, winding
    Examples :
    • a tortuous road up the mountain
  3. not straightforward

    Examples :
    • his tortuous reasoning


  1. having or marked by a strong tendency especially a controversial one

    Synonyms : tendencious
    Examples :
    • a tendentious account of recent elections
    • distinguishing between verifiable fact and tendentious assertion


  1. characteristic of an atavist

    Synonyms : atavistic
  2. a reappearance of an earlier characteristic

    Synonyms : atavism, reversion
    Type Of : recurrence, return
  3. an organism that has the characteristics of a more primitive type of that organism

    Synonyms : atavist
    Type Of : being, organism


  1. feeling easily irritated

    Synonyms : tetchiness, touchiness
    Type Of : choler, crossness, fretfulness, fussiness, irritability, peevishness, petulance


  1. of or relating to or proceeding from the sense of touch

    Synonyms : haptic, tactual
    Examples :
    • a tactile reflex
  2. producing a sensation of touch

    Synonyms : tactual
    Examples :
    • tactile qualities


  1. habitually reserved and uncommunicative

    Antonyms : voluble