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A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living. But those who laughed worshipped famous footballers. This is an example of our topsy-turvy view of 'success.' Who would we miss most if they did not work for a month, the footballer or the garbage collector?
David Icke

Meaning of "topsy-turvy" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD TOPSY-TURVY

Probably from tops, plural of top1 + obsolete tervy to turn upside down; perhaps related to Old English tearflian to roll over.
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PRONUNCIATION OF TOPSY-TURVY

topsy-turvy  [ˈtɒpsɪˈtɜːvɪ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF TOPSY-TURVY

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Topsy-Turvy can act as a noun, an adjective and an adverb.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

The adverb is an invariable part of the sentence that can change, explain or simplify a verb or another adverb.

WHAT DOES TOPSY-TURVY MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Topsy-Turvy (disambiguation)

Topsy-Turvy is a 1999 musical drama film about the creation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado in 1884 and 1885. Topsy Turvy may also refer to: ▪ Topsy-Turvy, a 2002 album by Mt. Helium ▪ Topsy Turvy, 1985 ▪ Topsy Turvy, 1993 ▪ Topsy Turvy, a video in the Disney Sing Along Songs series ▪ Topsy Turvey, a first season episode of The BatmanMr. Topsy-Turvy, a Mr. Men character...

Definition of topsy-turvy in the English dictionary

The first definition of topsy-turvy in the dictionary is upside down. Other definition of topsy-turvy is in a state of confusion. Topsy-Turvy is also in a topsy-turvy manner.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH TOPSY-TURVY


ave
ˈɑːvɪ
carvy
ˈkɑːvɪ
cavo-relievi
ˌkɑːvəʊrɪˈliːvɪ
curvy
ˈkɜːvɪ
Donleavy
dɒnˈliːvɪ
Garvey
ˈɡɑːvɪ
garvie
ˈɡɑːvɪ
groovy
ˈɡruːvɪ
Harvey
ˈhɑːvɪ
jarvey
ˈdʒɑːvɪ
jarvie
ˈdʒɑːvɪ
Mohave
məʊˈhɑːvɪ
Mojave
məʊˈhɑːvɪ
movie
ˈmuːvɪ
nervy
ˈnɜːvɪ
peavey
ˈpiːvɪ
peavy
ˈpiːvɪ
pervy
ˈpɜːvɪ
poovy
ˈpuːvɪ
scurvy
ˈskɜːvɪ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TOPSY-TURVY

topos
topotype
topped
topper
topping
topping lift
toppingly
topple
tops
topsail
topscore
topside
topsider
topsides
topsman
topsoil
topspin
topstitch
topstone
topwork

WORDS THAT END LIKE TOPSY-TURVY

anchovy
bevy
chevy
Davy
divvy
envy
gravy
heavy
ivy
levy
navvy
navy
poison ivy
privy
Royal Navy
savvy
superheavy
the navy
top-heavy
wavy

Synonyms and antonyms of topsy-turvy in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «TOPSY-TURVY»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «topsy-turvy» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of topsy-turvy

Translation of «topsy-turvy» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TOPSY-TURVY

Find out the translation of topsy-turvy to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of topsy-turvy from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «topsy-turvy» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

颠三倒四
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

al revés
570 millions of speakers

English

topsy-turvy
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

घपला
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

رأسا على عقب
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

кувырком
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

às avessas
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ত্তলটপালট
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sens dessus dessous
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Topsy-turvy
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

verkehrt
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

逆さま
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

거꾸로
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Topsy-turvy
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đảo điên
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

தலைகீழாகக்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अव्वल दर्जाचा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

karmakarışık
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sottosopra
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

opak
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

шкереберть
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

cu susul în jos
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αναποδογυρισμένου
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

war
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

upp och nedvänd
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

kaotiske
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of topsy-turvy

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «TOPSY-TURVY»

The term «topsy-turvy» is regularly used and occupies the 57.578 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TOPSY-TURVY» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about topsy-turvy

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QUOTES WITH «TOPSY-TURVY»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word topsy-turvy.
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David Icke
A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living. But those who laughed worshipped famous footballers. This is an example of our topsy-turvy view of 'success.' Who would we miss most if they did not work for a month, the footballer or the garbage collector?

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TOPSY-TURVY»

Discover the use of topsy-turvy in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to topsy-turvy and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Topsy-Turvy Inside-Out Knit Toys: Magical Two-in-One ...
This collection of a dozen delightful toys features a dog in a doghouse, a chrysalis with a fluttery surprise inside, a tiny hidden fairy, a vintage toy with a fabled theme to boot, pigs in a blanket, and much more.
Susan B. Anderson, 2013
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Topsy-turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early ...
To the first Europeans who came to Australia, everything seemed topsy turvy.
Kirsty Murray, 2012
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The Pursuit of Wow!: Every Person's Guide to Topsy-Turvy Times
Once more the "unconventional" Peters stimulates corporate thought processes. Along with the best of his columns, Peters includes questions and rebuttals that come from readers and listeners, as well as his own candid responses.
Tom Peters, 2010
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Topsy-Turvy 1585
Robin D. Gill, a 53 year old writer who spent most of his adulthood in Japan, translates these topsy-turvy claims - we sniff the top of our melons to see if they are ripe / they sniff the bottom of theirs (10% of the book), examines their ...
Robin D. Gill, 2004
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Topsy Turvy Land
"When God made the earth and the heavens above with beautiful colors so bright, with so many hues, how did he choose? Yet somehow they all look just right." --page 1. This is an inspirational book for young children.
Donna J. Shepherd, 2005
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A Topsy-Turvy Tale
A sailing car, flying children, and talking cows are all part of a very topsy-turvy world.
Pat Jamieson, Kevin Callahan, 1978
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Topsy-Turvy
After the less than stellar reception of "Princess Ida", the team of Gilbert and Sullivan is on the verge of breaking up, until a visit to an exhibition of Japanese art plants the seed for "The Mikado."
Mike Leigh, 1999
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Supervisions: Topsy-turvy Optical Illusions
The variety of art styles ranges from cartoon to classical, and every illustration has a fun surprise. Al Seckel is the author of Masters of Deception, as well as several other award-winning collections.
Al Seckel, 2007
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TOPSY TURVY: A Book for All in One
TOPSY TURVY: A Book for All in OneThe author's personal collection of favorite quotations, hopefully to be enjoyed by all who read them.
J. Michael Mahoney, 2008
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Mr. Topsy-Turvy
Mr. Topsy-Turvy's strange knack of doing everything backwards brings disaster to an unsuspecting town.
Jennifer Frantz, 2001

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «TOPSY-TURVY»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term topsy-turvy is used in the context of the following news items.
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Halftime trades to go for topsy-turvy market
The "Halftime Report" traders delivered their ideas as investors got ready for the final hours of trading. Jon Najarian said watch China — highlighting Baidu. «CNBC, Jul 15»
2
The Topsy-Turvy world of the Israel Gaza conflict
The Topsy-Turvy world of the Israel Gaza conflict – First thoughts on the UN's ... coverage, reminded me just how topsy-turvy is the world of Israel and Gaza. «Patheos, Jun 15»
3
Tories are in a topsy-turvy mess on Europe
At home I have a pair of cufflinks modelled on spoilt Florida ballot papers. My wife bought them for me in the autumn of 2000 when, blinking in the sunlight, ... «The Times, Jun 15»
4
Topsy-turvy weather ahead for LA, Ventura counties
Sure, it's warm Monday, but don't get too used to it. The weather will be mixing things up quite a bit in Los Angeles and Ventura counties this week. lRelated ... «Los Angeles Times, Jun 15»
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Topsy-turvy in New London
Jayden Justiniano, 5, and his seven-year-old brother Alex Justiniano, not in photo, of New London, attempt to play basketball, but each time the the ball hits the ... «theday.com, Jun 15»
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What to Make of the Topsy-Turvy Bond Market
If you happen to trade bonds for a living, it is entirely understandable if you are feeling a little anxious these days. Prices for United States Treasuries, German ... «New York Times, May 15»
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'Pirates of Penzance' Gives Lift to English National Opera
Topsy-Turvy” was released in 1999, so it has been quite a wait. And although Mr. Leigh has meanwhile become president of the Sir Arthur Sullivan Society and ... «New York Times, May 15»
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Topsy-Turvy Global Trade Politics
Topsy-Turvy Global Trade Politics. We'll look at the white-hot politics of trade as President Obama and Congress go to the mat on the TPP. Los Angeles ... «WBUR, May 15»
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Iron Ore's Topsy-Turvy Month Has Decade-Low to Bull-Market Swing
A mine worker watches a haul truck from his transit vehicle in the pit at Rio Tinto Group's West Angelas iron ore mine in Pilbara, Australia. Iron ore tumbled below ... «Bloomberg, Apr 15»
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Neil Tyson's 'StarTalk' Turns TV Talk Shows Topsy-Turvy (Op-Ed)
Dave Brody is executive producer of the Visual Content Team at Purch, parent company of Space.com. Prior to joining Space.com in January 2000, Brody was ... «Space.com, Apr 15»

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