Definition of arsy-versy in English:


Syllabification: ar·sy-ver·sy
Pronunciation: /ˌärsē ˈvərsē
informal , chiefly British


In a confused, disordered, or perversely contrary state or condition: the whole place was arsy-versy they got things all arsy-versy
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  • This book presents waste as an aesthetic category that introduces an arsy-versy world where detritus is precious.
  • I try to do it in a kind of arsy-versy way with my system of having an assistant director.
  • The creator of these arsy-versy architectonic visions aims explicitly for ambiguity. ‘What fascinates me is how the photographic image can be manipulated.'


mid 16th century: from arse + Latin versus 'turned', the addition of -y1 to both elements forming a jingle.

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