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TOPSY-TURVY

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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]

Meaning:

In utter disorder

Synonyms:

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

Context example:

a disorderly pile of clothes

Similar:

untidy (not neat and tidy)


TOPSY-TURVY (adverb)


Sense 1topsy-turvy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In a disordered manner

Synonyms:

higgledy-piggledy; topsy-turvy

Context example:

they were piled up higgledy-piggledy


Sense 2topsy-turvy [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

In disorderly haste

Synonyms:

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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