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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

up′side down′(adv.)

  1. with the upper part undermost.

  2. in or into complete disorder; topsy-turvy:

    to turn the house upside down.

Origin of upside down:

1300–50; ME upsedoun, earlier up so doun


Princeton's WordNet

  1. inverted, upside-down(adverb)

    being in such a position that top and bottom are reversed

    "a quotation mark is sometimes called an inverted comma"; "an upside-down cake"

  2. upside down(adverb)

    in an inverted manner

    "the box was lying on the floor upside down"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. upside down(adverb)ˈʌpˌsaɪd for 1,3; ˈʌpˈsaɪd for 6

    with the part that is usually on the bottom on top

    The turtle was lying upside down on its shell.

  2. upside downˈʌpˌsaɪd for 1,3; ˈʌpˈsaɪd for 6

    to cause a lot of mess or confusion

    They turned the room upside down looking for cash.; a shape like an upside down pyramid


  1. upside down(Adverb)

    Inverted, so that the top is now at the bottom

  2. upside down(Adverb)

    In great disorder

  3. upside down(Adjective)

    Inverted; turned so that the top is at the bottom.

  4. upside down(Adjective)

    Owing more money for something than it is worth; having negative equity.


  1. Upside Down

    "Upside Down" is a hit song by Diana Ross released on the Motown label. It was the first single taken from her 1980 album diana and hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 6, 1980. It also hit number one on the Billboard Disco/Dance and R&B charts. The single was released a full 4 weeks after the album was released. In its third week on the Billboard Hot 100, it made a dramatic leap into the Top 10. It held down the #1 title for 4 weeks. The single was also a big hit internationally, topping the singles charts in Sweden, Italy, Norway and Switzerland, while reaching #5 in Canada. It also rose to #2 on the UK Singles Chart, marking the highest peak performance from Ross as a solo artist since "I'm Still Waiting" in 1971. The song listed at #62 on Billboard's "Greatest Songs of All Time".

Translations for upside down

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

upside down(adverb)

with the top part underneath

The plate was lying upside down on the floor.

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