[ uhp-see-dey-zee ]
/ ˈʌp siˈdeɪ zi /


(used, as for reassurance, at the moment of lifting a baby up.)

Origin of upsy-daisy

1860–65; compare earlier up-a-daisy, dial. up-a-day, perhaps up + (lack)aday, (lack)adaisy; -sy perhaps to be identified with -sy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for upsy-daisy



/ (ˈʌpsɪˈdeɪzɪ) /


an expression, usually of reassurance, uttered as when someone, esp a child, stumbles or is being lifted up

Word Origin for upsy-daisy

C18 up-a-daisy, irregularly formed from up (adv)
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Word Origin and History for upsy-daisy


1711, up-a-daisy, baby talk extension of up.

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