pell-mell


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pell-mell

also pell·mell  (pĕl′mĕl′)
adv.
1. In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
2. In frantic disorderly haste; headlong: "I went to work pell-mell, blotted several sheets of paper with choice floating thoughts" (Washington Irving).

[French pêle-mêle, from Old French pesle mesle, probably reduplication of mesle, imperative of mesler, to mix; see meddle.]

pell′-mell′ adj. & n.

pell-mell

(ˈpɛlˈmɛl)
adv
1. in a confused headlong rush: the hounds ran pell-mell into the yard.
2. in a disorderly manner: the things were piled pell-mell in the room.
adj
disordered; tumultuous: a pell-mell rush for the exit.
n
disorder; confusion
[C16: from Old French pesle-mesle, jingle based on mesler to meddle]

pell-mell

or pell•mell

(ˈpɛlˈmɛl)

adv.
1. in a recklessly hurried manner.
2. in a disordered mass.
adj.
3. disorderly or confused.
4. overhasty or precipitate; rash.
n.
5. a jumbled mass, crowd, etc.
6. disorderly, headlong haste.
[1570–80; < Middle French pelemele, Old French pesle mesle, rhyming compound based on mesler to mix. See meddle]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.pell-mell - 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.pell-mell - in a wild or reckless manner; "dashing harum-scarum all over the place"; "running pell-mell up the stairs"

pell-mell

adverb
adjective
Translations

pell-mell

[ˈpelˈmel] ADV [rush] → en tropel, atropelladamente
their belongings were piled pell-mell into the trucksmetieron de cualquier manera sus pertenencias en los camiones

pell-mell

[ˌpɛlˈmɛl] adv [dash, rush] → pêle-mêle

pell-mell

advdurcheinander, wie Kraut und Rüben (inf); (with vbs of motion) → in heillosem Durcheinander

pell-mell

[ˈpɛlˈmɛl] advdisordinatamente, alla rinfusa

pell-mell

(pelˈmel) adverb
quickly and in disorder or great confusion. The children rushed in pell-mell.
References in classic literature ?
cried Sallie, as Fred ended his rigmarole, in which he had jumbled together pell-mell nautical phrases and facts out of one of his favorite books.
the winds are just crossing swords, pell-mell they'll go lunging presently.
Those on the flying truck yelled a warning and the crowd scattered pell-mell, disclosing one of the steers lying in its blood.
Stuffed birds from Africa, porcelain monsters from China, silver ornaments and utensils from India and Peru, mosaic work from Italy, and bronzes from France, were all heaped together pell-mell with the coarse deal boxes and dingy leather cases which served to pack them for traveling.
One lesson, too, we have learned, if it be allowable to argue a particulari, that the brute beasts which are to the Count's command are yet themselves not amenable to his spiritual power, for look, these rats that would come to his call, just as from his castle top he summon the wolves to your going and to that poor mother's cry, though they come to him, they run pell-mell from the so little dogs of my friend Arthur.
We rolled pell-mell into the midst of this nest of serpents, that wriggled on the platform in the waves of blood and ink.
He could not help starting, which so changed the position of his nose as to bring the "pyramid" pell-mell upon the stage.
Thus they gathered in a pell-mell of mad confusion, and the earth groaned under the tramp of men as the people sought their places.
The moment the pursuers stepped on to the balcony it broke under them, and they dropped pell-mell into the eddying waters, while Michael, who had thrown off his gown and dived, was able to swim away.
Pell-mell they tumbled down the poop-ladders; pell-mell they raced amidships past that yawning open furnace; the pitch was boiling through the seams of the crackling deck; they slipped and fell upon it, one over another, and the wonder is that none plunged headlong into the flames.
The camels, flung pell-mell together, were uttering dull and pitiful groans; cries and howls of despair were heard issuing from that dusty and stifling cloud, and, from time to time, a parti-colored garment cut the chaos of the scene with its vivid hues, and the moaning and shrieking sounded over all, a terrible accompaniment to this spectacle of destruction.
A deep silence settled over the assembly, accompanied by stifled laughter at the preposterous names and all the bourgeois designations which each of these personages transmitted with imperturbable gravity to the usher, who then tossed names and titles pell-mell and mutilated to the crowd below.