topsy-turvy

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

Definition of topsy-turvy 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : in utter confusion or disorder

2 : with the top or head downward : upside down

topsy-turvy

adjective

Definition of topsy-turvy (Entry 2 of 3)

: turned topsy-turvy : totally disordered

topsy-turvy

noun

Definition of topsy-turvy (Entry 3 of 3)

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Adjective

topsy-turvily \ˌtäp-​sē-​ˈtər-​və-​lē \ adverb
topsy-turvydom \ˌtäp-​sē-​ˈtər-​vē-​dəm \ noun

First Known Use of topsy-turvy

Adverb

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1612, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1655, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for topsy-turvy

Adverb

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

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The first known use of topsy-turvy was in 1528

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topsy-turvy

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of topsy-turvy

: in or into great disorder or confusion

topsy-turvy

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

Kids Definition of topsy-turvy

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

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

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