noun Date: 1842 the quality or state of being topsy-turvy

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  • topsy-turviness — vēnə̇s, vin noun ( es) : the quality or state of being topsy turvy * * * topsy turˈviness noun • • • Main Entry: ↑topsy turvy …   Useful english dictionary

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

  • topsy-turviness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A lack of order or regular arrangement: chaos, clutter, confusedness, confusion, derangement, disarrangement, disarray, disorder, disorderedness, disorderhness, disorganization, jumble, mess, mix up, muddle, muss,… …   English dictionary for students

  • topsy-turviness — top·sy tur·vi·ness …   English syllables

  • topsy-turvydom — noun a state of extreme confusion and disorder • Syn: ↑chaos, ↑pandemonium, ↑bedlam, ↑topsy turvyness • Derivationally related forms: ↑topsy turvy (for: ↑topsy turvyness), ↑ …   Useful english 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

  • topple — Synonyms and related words: ataxia, bite the dust, blow down, blow over, bowl down, bowl over, break down, break up, bring down, bulldog, capsize, careen, cast down, cave in, chaos, chop down, clutter, collapse, come a cropper, crumble, crumble… …   Moby Thesaurus

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