1. adjective Backwards; incorrect or mixed up; contrary to what is expected or desired. Likely a play on the Latin vice versa. Primarily heard in UK. The wiring in whole building is arsy-varsy, so we have to get a new electrician in to set things right.
2. adverb Done in a backwards, incorrect, or mixed up fashion. Primarily heard in UK. Oh, darn. I've gone and put my clothes on all arsy-varsy.
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