Topsy-turvy meaning

tŏpsē-tûrvē
The quality or condition of being topsy-turvy.
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Confused or disordered.
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In or into a state of utter disorder or confusion.
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Upside down; in a reversed condition.
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In confusion or disorder.
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A topsy-turvy condition; inverted state.
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(idiomatic) Alternative spelling of topsy-turvy.
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The definition of topsy-turvy is upside down or not in order.

An example of topsy-turvy is when you had carefully-made plans and they got messed up at the last minute and everyone is running every which way with no idea where to go.

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With the top downward and the bottom up; upside-down.
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Turned or positioned upside down; inverted.
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A state of confusion.
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Origin of topsy-turvy

  • Probably from top obsolete terve to overturn (from Middle English terven)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary