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helter–skelter

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adverb hel·ter–skel·ter \ˌhel-tər-ˈskel-tər\

Definition of helter–skelter

  1. 1 :  in undue haste, confusion, or disorder ran helter–skelter, getting in each other's way — F. V. W. Mason

  2. 2 :  in a haphazard manner

Origin and Etymology of helter–skelter

perhaps from Middle English skelten to come, go


First Known Use: 1593


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helter–skelter

noun hel·ter–skel·ter

Definition of helter–skelter

  1. 1 :  a disorderly confusion :  turmoil

  2. 2 British :  a spiral slide around a tower at an amusement park

1713

First Known Use of helter–skelter

1713


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helter–skelter

adjective hel·ter–skel·ter

Definition of helter–skelter

  1. 1 :  confusedly hurried :  precipitate

  2. 2 :  marked by a lack of order or plan :  haphazard the helter–skelter arrangement of the papers, all mussed and frayed — Jean Stafford

1708

First Known Use of helter–skelter

1708


HELTER–SKELTER Defined for English Language Learners

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helter–skelter

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adverb hel·ter–skel·ter \ˌhel-tər-ˈskel-tər\

Definition of helter–skelter for English Language Learners

  • : in a confused and careless way

  • : in no particular order


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helter–skelter

noun hel·ter–skel·ter

Definition of helter–skelter for English Language Learners

  • : a slide that twists around a tower at an amusement park


HELTER–SKELTER Defined for Kids

helter–skelter

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adverb hel·ter–skel·ter \ˌhel-tər-ˈskel-tər\

Definition of helter–skelter for Students

  1. 1 :  in a confused and reckless manner Children raced helter-skelter through the house.

  2. 2 :  in great disorder Toys were thrown helter-skelter around the room.


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