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topsy-turvy

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

Definition of topsy-turvy

1 : in utter confusion or disorder
2 : with the top or head downward : upside down

Origin and Etymology of topsy-turvy

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


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topsy-turvy

adjective

Definition of topsy-turvy

: turned topsy-turvy : totally disordered

topsy-turvily

play \-ˈtər-və-lē\ adverb

topsy-turvydom

play \-vē-dəm\ noun

First Known Use of topsy-turvy

1612


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topsy-turvy

noun

Definition of topsy-turvy

First Known Use of topsy-turvy

1655


TOPSY-TURVY Defined for English Language Learners

topsy-turvy

adverb

Definition of topsy-turvy for English Language Learners

  • : in or into great disorder or confusion


TOPSY-TURVY Defined for Kids

topsy-turvy

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

Definition of topsy-turvy for Students

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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