Definition of Topsy-turvy

1. Adjective. In utter disorder. "A disorderly pile of clothes"




2. Adverb. In a disordered manner. "They were piled up higgledy-piggledy"
Exact synonyms: Higgledy-piggledy

3. Adverb. In disorderly haste. "We ran head over heels toward the shelter"

Definition of Topsy-turvy

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

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

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Topsy-turvy

topsoiling
topsoils
topspin
topspinning
topspins
topspun
topstitch
topstitched
topstitches
topstitching
topstone
topstones
topsy-turvier
topsy-turviest
topsy-turvily
topsy-turvy (current term)
topsy-turvydom
topsy-turvyness
topsy turvy
topt
topwater
topwork
topworked
topworking
topworks
toquake
toquash
toque
toques
toquet

Literary usage of Topsy-turvy

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1. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1854)
"The Bear at first felt uncommonly proud, As he pawed at tiller, and pulled at shroud, With a topsy-turvy, cannon and scrimmage, The Bear at first felt ..."

2. Inside the Russian Revolution by Rheta Childe Dorr (1917)
"INSIDE THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION CHAPTER I topsy-turvy LAND EARLY in May,, I went to Russia, eager to see again, in the hour of her deliverance, ..."

3. Gilbert and Sullivan and Their Operas: With Recollections and Anecdotes of D by François Cellier, Cunningham Bridgeman (1914)
"... topsy-turvy piece— " Old fashioned " Savoy opera proves acceptable—Samples of Gilbert's song-words—Another tenor comedian—A Gilbertian love-scene. ..."

4. Child Life: A Collection of Poems edited by John Greenleaf Whittier (1873)
"... They danced by the light of the moon, — The moon, They danced by the light of the moon. — Edward Lear. topsy-turvy WORLD. IF the butterfly courted the ..."

5. Letters of Thomas Carlyle, 1826-1836 by Thomas Carlyle, Charles Eliot Norton (1889)
"If one gets enraged, he flings all topsy-turvy ; and is, and produces round him, ... topsyturvy ..."

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