upside down

adverb up·side down \ ˈəp-ˌsīd-ˈdau̇n \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of upside down

1 :in such a way that the upper and the lower parts are reversed in position
2 :in or into great disorder
  • turned their world upside down

upside-down

play \ˈəp-ˌsīd-ˈdau̇n\ adjective

Examples of upside down in a Sentence

  1. You hung the picture upside down!

  2. To remove the plant, turn the pot upside down and tap gently on the bottom to loosen it.

  3. The baby was holding the book upside down.

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Origin and Etymology of upside down

alteration of Middle English up so doun, from up + so + doun down


UPSIDE DOWN Defined for English Language Learners

upside down

adverb

Definition of upside down for English Language Learners

  • : with the top at the bottom and the bottom at the top : placed so that the end that should be at the top is at the bottom


UPSIDE DOWN Defined for Kids

upside-down

adjective up·side-down \ ˈəp-ˌsīd-ˈdau̇n \

Definition of upside-down for Students

1 :having the upper part underneath and the lower part on top
  • The letter "u" is an upside-down "n."
2 :showing great confusion
  • upside-down logic

upside down

adverb up·side down \ ˈəp-ˌsīd- \

Definition of upside down for Students

1 :in such a way that the upper part is underneath and the lower part is on top
  • I turned his chocolate pudding upside down on his tray.
  • —Jerry Spinelli, Crash
2 :in or into great confusion
  • The injury turned her life upside down.

Law Dictionary

upside down

adjective

legal Definition of upside down

:underwater
  • upside down mortgages
  • upside down homes
  • upside down homeowners


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