Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “topsy-turvy”

topsy-turvy

adjective, adverb     /ˌtɒp.siˈtɜː.vi/ US  /ˌtɑːp.siˈtɝː-/ informal
(in a state of being) confused, not well organized, or giving importance to unexpected things: The government's topsy-turvy priorities mean that spending on education remains low. → Synonym upside downConfusion, confusing and feeling confused
(Definition of topsy-turvy adjectiveadverb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of topsy-turvy

Definitions of “topsy-turvy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

exercise

physical activity that you do to make your body strong and healthy

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More