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topsy–turvy

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adverb top·sy–tur·vy \ˌtäp-sē-ˈtər-vē\

Simple Definition of topsy–turvy

  • : in or into great disorder or confusion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of topsy–turvy

  1. 1 :  in utter confusion or disorder

  2. 2 :  with the top or head downward :  upside down

Origin of topsy–turvy

probably ultimately from tops (plural of 1top) + obsolete English terve to turn upside down


First Known Use: 1528


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topsy–turvy

adjective top·sy–tur·vy

Definition of topsy–turvy

  1. :  turned topsy-turvy :  totally disordered

topsy–turvily play \-ˈtər-və-lē\ adverb
topsy–turvydom play \-vē-dəm\ noun


1612

First Known Use of topsy–turvy

1612


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topsy–turvy

noun top·sy–tur·vy

Definition of topsy–turvy



1655

First Known Use of topsy–turvy

1655


TOPSY–TURVY Defined for Kids

topsy–turvy

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adverb or adjective top·sy–tur·vy \ˌtäp-sē-ˈtər-vē\

Definition of topsy–turvy for Students

  1. 1 :  upside down <The wagon lay topsy-turvy at the bottom of the hill.>

  2. 2 :  in complete disorder <“… our lives have been very topsy-turvy for quite some time.” — Lemony Snicket, The Austere Academy>




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