topsy-turvy


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top·sy-tur·vy

 (tŏp′sē-tûr′vē)
adv.
1. With the top downward and the bottom up; upside-down.
2. In or into a state of utter disorder or confusion: "turning our ordered life topsy-turvy" (Anne Tyler).
adj. top·sy-tur·vi·er, top·sy-tur·vi·est
1. Turned or positioned upside down; inverted.
2. Confused or disordered.
n. pl. top·sy-tur·vies
The quality or condition of being topsy-turvy.

[Probably from top + obsolete terve, to overturn (from Middle English terven).]

top′sy-tur′vi·ly adv.
top′sy-tur′vi·ness n.

topsy-turvy

(ˈtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ)
adj
1. upside down
2. in a state of confusion
adv
in a topsy-turvy manner
n
a topsy-turvy state
[C16: probably from tops, plural of top1 + obsolete tervy to turn upside down; perhaps related to Old English tearflian to roll over]

top•sy-tur•vy

(ˈtɒp siˈtɜr vi)

adv., adj., n., pl. -vies. adv.
1. with the top where the bottom should be; upside down.
2. in or into a state of confusion or disorder.
adj.
3. turned upside down; inverted; reversed.
4. confused or disorderly.
n.
5. inversion of the natural order.
6. a state of confusion or disorder.
[1520–30; perhaps alter. of top syd turvye topside down; turvy, variant of tervy, derivative of obsolete terve to turn over]
top′sy-tur′vi•ly, adv.
top′sy•tur′vi•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.topsy-turvy - in utter disordertopsy-turvy - in utter disorder; "a disorderly pile of clothes"
untidy - not neat and tidy; "careless and untidy in her personal habits"; "an untidy living room"; "untidy and casual about money"
Adv.1.topsy-turvy - in a disordered mannertopsy-turvy - in a disordered manner; "they were piled up higgledy-piggledy"
2.topsy-turvy - in disorderly hastetopsy-turvy - in disorderly haste; "we ran head over heels toward the shelter"

topsy-turvy

topsy-turvy

adjective
Characterized by physical confusion:
Informal: mixed-up.
Translations

topsy-turvy

[ˌtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ]
A. ADJen desorden, revuelto
B. ADVpatas arriba, al revés
everything is topsy-turvytodo está patas arriba

topsy-turvy

(inf)
adj (lit: = upside down) → umgedreht; (= in disorder)kunterbunt durcheinander pred; (fig)auf den Kopf gestellt; it’s a topsy-turvy worldes ist eine verkehrte Welt; the room was all topsy-turvyalles im Zimmer war kunterbunt durcheinander
adv to turn something topsy-turvy (lit, fig)etw auf den Kopf stellen; plansetw über den Haufen werfen

topsy-turvy

[ˌtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ] adj & advsottosopra (inv)
References in classic literature ?
On Saturday, the thirty-first of August, everything in the Rostovs' house seemed topsy-turvy.
There was some sense in those matters; but as the parson told us last Sunday, nobody believes in the devil now-a-days; and here you bring about a parcel of puppets drest up like lords and ladies, only to turn the heads of poor country wenches; and when their heads are once turned topsy-turvy, no wonder everything else is so.
She is suffering so, it's sad to hee her; and besides, everything in the house is topsy-turvy.
I do not know what it rightly is to faint, but I do know that for the next little while the whole world swam away from before me in a whirling mist; Silver and the birds, and the tall Spy-glass hilltop, going round and round and topsy-turvy before my eyes, and all manner of bells ringing and distant voices shouting in my ear.
But you see when a man's got brains himself, there's no knowing where they'll run to; an' a pleasant sort o' soft woman may go on breeding you stupid lads and 'cute wenches, till it's like as if the world was turned topsy-turvy.
The countrymen, instead of fleeing for their lives, came running at full speed, and laid hold of the topsy-turvy coach.
But there it was, love, disorganizing men's and women's lives, driving toward destruction and death, turning topsy-turvy everything that was sensible and considerate, making bawds or suicides out of virtuous women, and scoundrels and murderers out of men who had always been clean and square.
This is Grand Day, and we are all topsy-turvy in consequence.
Alas, yes, so topsy-turvy is existence," I acknowledge sadly.
The griffins, cupids, and so on, were, I must own, most beautiful to behold; though so many in number, so entangled in flowers and devices, and so topsy-turvy in their actions and attitudes, that you felt them unpleasantly in your head for hours after you had done with the pleasure of looking at them.
It was silly, I dare say, but it changed his mind, for I got rather excited, and told the story in my topsy-turvy way, and his wife heard, and said so kindly, `Take it, Thomas, and oblige the young lady.
It was right at the bottom of the hamper, and seemed difficult to find, and he had to lean over further and further, and, in trying to steer at the same time, from a topsy-turvy point of view, he pulled the wrong line, and sent the boat into the bank, and the shock upset him, and he dived down right into the hamper, and stood there on his head, holding on to the sides of the boat like grim death, his legs sticking up into the air.