topsy-turvy

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PIE root
*derbʰ-

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 Old English torfian ‎(to throw), from Proto-Germanic *turbōną ‎(to fling, hurl). Related to Old English tearflian ‎(to wallow, roll over), Old English ġetyrfian ‎(to assail with missiles; attack; assault). More at terve.

AdjectiveEdit

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

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

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

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

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