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 Dictionary entry overview: What does topsy-turvy mean? 

TOPSY-TURVY (adjective)
  The adjective TOPSY-TURVY has 1 sense:

1. in utter disorder

  Familiarity information: TOPSY-TURVY used as an adjective is very rare.

TOPSY-TURVY (adverb)
  The adverb TOPSY-TURVY has 2 senses:

1. in a disordered manner
2. in disorderly haste

  Familiarity information: TOPSY-TURVY used as an adverb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TOPSY-TURVY (adjective)

Sense 1topsy-turvy [BACK TO TOP]


In utter disorder


higgledy-piggledy; hugger-mugger; jumbled; topsy-turvy; disorderly

Context example:

a disorderly pile of clothes


untidy (not neat and tidy)

TOPSY-TURVY (adverb)

Sense 1topsy-turvy [BACK TO TOP]


In a disordered manner


higgledy-piggledy; topsy-turvy

Context example:

they were piled up higgledy-piggledy

Sense 2topsy-turvy [BACK TO TOP]


In disorderly haste


topsy-turvily; in great confusion; heels over head; head over heels; topsy-turvy

Context example:

we ran head over heels toward the shelter

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