noun, plural top·sy-tur·vies.
Origin of topsy-turvy
Examples from the Web for topsy-turvy
In this topsy-turvy political year nothing quite seems to be certain.
In such a topsy-turvy season, one simple solution is…blaming the voters!
In his abysmal discouragement his ideals were all topsy-turvy.The Cup of Fury|Rupert Hughes
Yes; it's almost like home, you know; only when we lived here it wasn't so topsy-turvy.A Little Girl in Old Salem|Amanda Minnie Douglas
We all surely must take what comes in this topsy-turvy world.The Return|Walter de la Mare
If I travel, aunt, I touch at your antipodes—your antipodes are a good rascally sort of topsy-turvy fellows.The Way of the World|William Congreve
In half an hour he had caught up with the topsy-turvy caravan.Pinocchio in Africa|Cherubini
British Dictionary definitions for topsy-turvy
Word Origin for topsy-turvy
Word Origin and History for topsy-turvy
1520s, "but prob. in popular use from an earlier period" [OED], likely from tops, plural of top (n.1) "highest point" + obsolete terve "turn upside down, topple over," from Old English tearflian "to roll over, overturn," from Proto-Germanic *terbanan (cf. Old High German zerben "to turn round"). The Century Dictionary (1902) calls it "A word which, owing to its popular nature, its alliterative type, and to ignorance of its origin, leading to various perversions made to suggest some plausible origin, has undergone, besides the usual variations of spelling, extraordinary modifications of form." It lists 31 variations.