topsy-turviness

noun

top·​sy-tur·​vi·​ness ˌtäp-sē-ˈtər-vē-nəs How to pronounce topsy-turviness (audio)
: the quality or state of being topsy-turvy

Examples of topsy-turviness in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are elements of horror in the staging and editing — at least one shot that struck me as an homage to Stanley Kubrick — and psychological topsy-turviness. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of topsy-turviness was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Topsy-turviness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/topsy-turviness. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

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