topsy-turvily
adverb see topsy-turvy II

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • topsy-turvily — adverb in disorderly haste we ran head over heels toward the shelter • Syn: ↑head over heels, ↑heels over head, ↑topsy turvy, ↑in great confusion * * * |täpsē|tərvə̇lē, si|t , |tə̄v , |təiv , li adverb : in a topsy turvy manner * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • topsy-turvily — See topsy turvy. * * * …   Universalium

  • topsy-turvily — top·sy tur·vi·ly …   English syllables

  • topsy-turvy — topsy turvily, adv. topsyturviness, n. /top see terr vee/, adv., adj., n., pl. topsy turvies. adv. 1. with the top where the bottom should be; upside down. 2. in or into a reversed condition or order. 3. in or into a state of confusion or… …   Universalium

  • topsy-turvy — [täp′sē tʉr′vē] adv., adj. [earlier topsy tervy, prob. < top, highest part + ME terven, to roll] 1. upside down; in a reversed condition 2. in confusion or disorder n. 1. a topsy turvy condition; inverted state 2. a state of confusion topsy… …   English World dictionary

  • topsy-turvy — I. adverb Etymology: probably ultimately from tops (plural of 1top) + obsolete English terve to turn upside down Date: 1528 1. in utter confusion or disorder 2. with the top or head downward ; upside down II. adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • topsy-turvy — /tɒpsi ˈtɜvi / (say topsee tervee) adverb 1. with the top where the bottom should be; upside down. 2. in or into a reversed condition or order. 3. in or into a state of confusion or disorder. –adjective 4. turned upside down; inverted; reversed:… …   Australian English dictionary

  • topsy-turvy — adjective & adverb 1》 upside down. 2》 in a state of confusion. Derivatives topsy turvily adverb topsy turviness noun Origin C16: a jingle appar. based on top1 and obs. terve overturn …   English new terms dictionary

  • topsy-turvy — adv., adj., & n. adv. & adj. 1 upside down. 2 in utter confusion. n. utter confusion. Derivatives: topsy turvily adv. topsy turviness n. Etymology: app. f. TOP(1) + obs. terve overturn …   Useful english dictionary

  • topsy-turviness — See topsy turvily. * * * …   Universalium

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