helter-skelter


adverb

  1. in headlong and disorderly haste: The children ran helter-skelter all over the house.
  2. in a haphazard manner; without regard for order: Clothes were scattered helter-skelter about the room.

adjective

  1. carelessly hurried; confused: They ran in a mad, helter-skelter fashion for the exits.
  2. disorderly; haphazard: Books and papers were scattered on the desk in a helter-skelter manner.

noun

  1. tumultuous disorder; confusion.

adjective

  1. haphazard or carelessly hurried

adverb

  1. in a helter-skelter manner

noun

  1. British a high spiral slide, as at a fairground
  2. disorder or haste
adv.

also helter skelter, 1590s, perhaps from skelte “to hasten, scatter hurriedly,” with the first element there merely for the sake of rhyme. As an adjective from 1785.

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