topsy-turvy

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EtymologyEdit

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.

AdjectiveEdit

topsy-turvy (comparative topsy-turvier, superlative topsy-turviest)

  1. Backwards or upside-down; disorderly; chaotic.

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AdverbEdit

topsy-turvy (comparative more topsy-turvy, superlative most topsy-turvy)

  1. Backwards or upside-down; disorderly; chaotically.

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Last modified on 30 March 2014, at 15:21