Other Word Forms of Topsy-turvy
Origin of Topsy-turvy
Earlier topside-turvey, topsy-tervy; probably for top so turvy; that is, the top as turvy, as it were turvy, where turvy probably means "overturned", from Anglo-Saxon torfian to throw.
Probably from top obsolete terve to overturn (from Middle English terven)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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