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helter-skelter

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

Definition of helter-skelter

1 : in undue haste, confusion, or disorder
  • ran helter-skelter, getting in each other's way
  • —F. V. W. Mason
2 : in a haphazard manner

Origin and Etymology of helter-skelter

perhaps from Middle English skelten to come, go


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helter-skelter

noun

Definition of helter-skelter

1 : a disorderly confusion : turmoil
2 British : a spiral slide around a tower at an amusement park

First Known Use of helter-skelter

1713

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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helter-skelter

adjective

Definition of helter-skelter

1 : confusedly hurried : precipitate
2 : marked by a lack of order or plan : haphazard
  • the helter-skelter arrangement of the papers, all mussed and frayed
  • —Jean Stafford

HELTER-SKELTER Defined for English Language Learners

helter-skelter

Definition of helter-skelter for English Language Learners

  • : in a confused and careless way

  • : in no particular order


helter-skelter

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

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

Definition of helter-skelter for Students

1 : in a confused and reckless manner
  • Children raced helter-skelter through the house.
2 : in great disorder
  • Toys were thrown helter-skelter around the room.

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