[ ahr-see-vahr-see ]
/ ˈɑr siˈvɑr si /


wrong end foremost; completely backward: an arsy-varsy way of doing things.


in a backward or thoroughly mixed-up fashion: The papers are all filed arsy-varsy.

Nearby words

  1. arsm,
  2. arson,
  3. arsonist,
  4. arsphenamine,
  5. arsy,
  6. arsy-versy,
  7. art,
  8. art brut,
  9. art deco,
  10. art director

Also ar·sy·ver·sy [ahr-see-vur-see] /ˈɑr siˈvɜr si/.

Origin of arsy-varsy

1530–40; probably alteration of Latin vice versa (see vice versa), with arse substituted to make a facetious rhyming compound; for Latin versa > varsy, cf. argal3 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019