pell-mell

adverb \ ˌpel-ˈmel \

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

pell-mell

adjective or noun

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Origin and Etymology of pell-mell

Middle French pelemele


PELL-MELL Defined for English Language Learners

pell-mell

adverb

Definition of pell-mell for English Language Learners

  • : in a confused and hurried way


PELL-MELL Defined for Kids

pell-mell

adverb \ ˈpel-ˈmel \

Definition of pell-mell for Students

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


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