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 ?
I saw something I liked this morning, and I meant to tell it at dinner, but I forgot," said Beth, putting Jo's topsy-turvy basket in order as she talked.
The Pyncheons, if all stories were true, haughtily as they bore themselves in the noonday streets of their native town, were no better than bond-servants to these plebeian Maules, on entering the topsy-turvy commonwealth of sleep.
They harried his hitherto peaceful domains, smoked out his singing- school by stopping up the chimney, broke into the schoolhouse at night, in spite of its formidable fastenings of withe and window stakes, and turned everything topsy-turvy, so that the poor schoolmaster began to think all the witches in the country held their meetings there.
This was when I chanced to see the third-storey staircase door (which of late had always been kept locked) open slowly, and give passage to the form of Grace Poole, in prim cap, white apron, and handkerchief; when I watched her glide along the gallery, her quiet tread muffled in a list slipper; when I saw her look into the bustling, topsy-turvy bedrooms,--just say a word, perhaps, to the charwoman about the proper way to polish a grate, or clean a marble mantelpiece, or take stains from papered walls, and then pass on.
If you're all rakes, Miss Garth, the sexes are turned topsy-turvy with a vengeance; and the men will have nothing left for it but to stop at home and darn the stockings.
Prince Alphabet turned topsy-turvy, I call him, for his name's got all the letters in it, higgledy-piggledy.
Not a doit I,'' answered poor Wamba ``and for hanging up by the feet, my brain has been topsy-turvy, they say, ever since the biggin was bound first round my head; so turning me upside down may peradventure restore it again.
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.
Penelope at a full gallop was observed by every one, and Jacquelin's grin, the early hour, the parcels stuffed into the carriole topsy-turvy, and the evident impatience of Mademoiselle Cormon were all noted.
I know it, monsieur; everything is turned topsy-turvy in the world nowadays.
I had no doubt but that they regarded children as odious incumbrances; and their ideas of domestic felicity were sufficiently shown in the fact, that they allowed no meddlesome housekeepers to turn topsy-turvy those snug little arrangements they had made in their comfortable dwelling.
The countrymen, instead of fleeing for their lives, came running at full speed, and laid hold of the topsy-turvy coach.