pell-mell

adverb
\ ˌpel-ˈmel How to pronounce pell-mell (audio) \

Definition of pell-mell

1 : in mingled confusion or disorder papers strewn pell-mell on the desk
2 : in confused haste ran pell-mell for the door

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pell-mell adjective or noun

First Known Use of pell-mell

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pell-mell

Middle French pelemele

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The first known use of pell-mell was in 1590

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pell-mell

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English Language Learners Definition of pell-mell

: in a confused and hurried way

pell-mell

adverb
\ ˈpel-ˈmel\

Kids Definition of pell-mell

: in a confused or hurried way People rushed pell-mell toward the exit.

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