Definition of topsy-turvy adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌtɒpsi ˈtɜːvi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌtɑːpsi ˈtɜːrvi//
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in a state of great confusion Everything's topsy-turvy in my life at the moment. Her books take you into a topsy-turvy world where you can be sure of nothing. Word Originearly 16th cent.: a jingle apparently based on top and obsolete terve ‘overturn’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: topsy-turvy