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topsy-turvy

[top-see-tur-vee] /ˈtɒp siˈtɜr vi/
adverb
1.
with the top where the bottom should be; upside down.
2.
in or into a reversed condition or order.
3.
in or into a state of confusion or disorder.
adjective
4.
turned upside down; inverted; reversed:
a topsy-turvy reflection.
5.
confused or disorderly:
a topsy-turvy classroom.
noun, plural topsy-turvies.
6.
inversion of the natural order.
7.
a state of confusion or disorder.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; perhaps variant of top syd turvye topside down (with loss of d before t); turvy, variant of tervy, equivalent to obsolete terve to turn over (cognate with Old High German zerben) + -y1
Related forms
topsy-turvily, adverb
topsyturviness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for topsyturvily

topsy-turvy

/ˈtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ/
adjective
1.
upside down
2.
in a state of confusion
adverb
3.
in a topsy-turvy manner
noun
4.
a topsy-turvy state
Word Origin
C16: probably from tops, plural of top1 + obsolete tervy to turn upside down; perhaps related to Old English tearflian to roll over
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Word Origin and History for topsyturvily
topsy-turvy
1528, "but prob. in popular use from an earlier period" [OED], likely from tops, pl. of top (1) "highest point" + obsolete terve "turn upside down, topple over," from O.E. tearflian "to roll over, overturn," from P.Gmc. *terbanan (cf. O.H.G. zerben "to turn round").
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Slang definitions & phrases for topsyturvily

topsy-turvy

adjective

Disordered; upside down (1528+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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