helter-skelter


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hel·ter-skel·ter

 (hĕl′tər-skĕl′tər)
adv.
1. In disorderly haste; confusedly; pell-mell.
2. Haphazardly.
adj.
1. Carelessly hurried and confused.
2. Haphazard.
n.
Turmoil; confusion.

[Origin unknown.]

helter-skelter

(ˈhɛltəˈskɛltə)
adj
haphazard or carelessly hurried
adv
in a helter-skelter manner
n
1. Brit a high spiral slide, as at a fairground
2. disorder or haste
[C16: probably of imitative origin]

hel•ter-skel•ter

(ˈhɛl tərˈskɛl tər)

adv.
1. in headlong and disorderly haste.
2. in a haphazard manner; without regard for order: clothes scattered helter-skelter.
adj.
3. carelessly hurried.
4. disorderly; haphazard.
n.
5. tumultuous disorder; confusion.
[1585–95; rhyming compound, perhaps based on *skelt, Middle English skelten to hasten]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.helter-skelter - lacking a visible order or organization
disorganised, disorganized - lacking order or methodical arrangement or function; "a disorganized enterprise"; "a thousand pages of muddy and disorganized prose"; "she was too disorganized to be an agreeable roommate"
2.helter-skelter - with undue hurry and confusion; "a helter-skelter kind of existence with never a pause"; "a pell-mell dash for the train"
hurried - moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste; "a hurried trip to the store"; "the hurried life of a city"; "a hurried job"
Adv.1.helter-skelter - haphazardly; "the books were piled up helter-skelter"

helter-skelter

adjective
1. haphazard, confused, disordered, random, muddled, jumbled, topsy-turvy, hit-or-miss, higgledy-piggledy (informal) another crisis in his helter-skelter existence
adverb
1. wildly, rashly, anyhow, headlong, recklessly, carelessly, pell-mell a panic-stricken crowd running helter-skelter

helter-skelter

adjective
Characterized by physical confusion:
Informal: mixed-up.
noun
An interruption of regular procedure or of public peace:
Informal: flap, to-do.
Translations

helter-skelter

[ˈheltəˈskeltəʳ]
A. ADV (= in a rush) → atropelladamente; (= in confusion) → a la desbandada
B. N
1. (Brit) (at fair) → tobogán m
2. (= rush) → desbandada f general

helter-skelter

[ˌhɛltərˈskɛltər]
n (British) (at amusement park)toboggan m
adj (= chaotic) [existence] → désordonné(e)
adv [run] → pêle-mêle

helter-skelter

adjwild; accountchaotisch; the last minute helter-skelter rush for the busdie wilde Hetze in letzter Minute, um den Bus zu erwischen
adv run, rushHals über Kopf (inf)
n
(Brit, in fairground) → spiralförmige Rutschbahn
(= disorder)wildes Durcheinander; (= haste)wilde Hetze

helter-skelter

[ˈhɛltəˈskɛltəʳ]
2. n (Brit) (in funfair) → scivolo (a spirale)

helter-skelter

(ˈheltəˈskeltə) adverb
in great hurry and confusion.
References in classic literature ?
I poked again and said, "A little faster," then off he went, helter-skelter as before, and we resigned ourselves to our fate.
The whole crew were half suffocated as they were tossed helter-skelter into the white curdling cream of the squall.
Witness, too, all human beings, how when herded together in the sheepfold of a theatre's pit, they will, at the slightest alarm of fire, rush helter-skelter for the outlets, crowding, trampling, jamming, and remorselessly dashing each other to death.
There were yells of rage and pain, and the terrified people fled into houses and stores, or scattered helter-skelter down the street.
Guardsmen, officers, courtiers, servants, and slaves ran helter-skelter through the corridors and apartments carrying messages and orders, and searching for signs of the assassin.
Montgomery cracked his whip at them, and forthwith they all turned and fled helter-skelter into the trees; and when Montgomery and Moreau were at a distance I judged sufficient, I waded ashore, and picked up and examined the revolvers.
Have you forgotten how when you were alone I chased you from your herds helter-skelter down the slopes of Ida?
Do you let everybody run over your land in that country helter-skelter, as they do here, shooting the game, so that a gentleman has but little or no chance with his gun?
In this way, the savage chivalry of the village to the number of five hundred, poured forth, helter-skelter, riding and running, with hideous yells and war-whoops, like so many bedlamites or demoniacs let loose.
This last had begun and ended in the same minute; in another we were at the starboard gangway, tumbling helter-skelter aboard the lowered long-boat.
At the same instant, with a cry like a wail, first one hound, then another, and then another, sprang helter-skelter from the wood opposite and the whole pack rushed across the field toward the very spot where the wolf had disappeared.
But, however they differed when looked at separately, they shared the same huge, lovable nature in the bulk, which murmured and swayed and quivered all the time the dancing and juggling and love-making went on in front of it, slowly laughed and reluctantly left off laughing, and applauded with a helter-skelter generosity which sometimes became unanimous and overwhelming.