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 ?
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.
He could not help starting, which so changed the position of his nose as to bring the "pyramid" pell-mell upon the stage.
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.
Noah stopped to make no reply, but started off at his fullest speed; and very much it astonished the people who were out walking, to see a charity-boy tearing through the streets pell-mell, with no cap on his head, and a clasp-knife at his eye.
Meanwhile the Trojans kept on flying over the middle of the plain like a herd of cows maddened with fright when a lion has attacked them in the dead of night--he springs on one of them, seizes her neck in the grip of his strong teeth and then laps up her blood and gorges himself upon her entrails--even so did King Agamemnon son of Atreus pursue the foe, ever slaughtering the hindmost as they fled pell-mell before him.
the winds are just crossing swords, pell-mell they'll go lunging presently.
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.
We rolled pell-mell into the midst of this nest of serpents, that wriggled on the platform in the waves of blood and ink.
I have stood and watched it, sometimes, when you could not see any water at all, but only a brilliant tangle of bright blazers, and gay caps, and saucy hats, and many-coloured parasols, and silken rugs, and cloaks, and streaming ribbons, and dainty whites; when looking down into the lock from the quay, you might fancy it was a huge box into which flowers of every hue and shade had been thrown pell-mell, and lay piled up in a rainbow heap, that covered every corner.
The hunters piled pell-mell out of the steerage, but as Leach's tirade continued I saw that there was no levity in their faces.
On it whirls headlong, dives through the woods again, emerges in the light, clatters over frail arches, rumbles upon the heavy ground, shoots beneath a wooden bridge which intercepts the light for a second like a wink, suddenly awakens all the slumbering echoes in the main street of a large town, and dashes on haphazard, pell-mell, neck-or-nothing, down the middle of the road.
But the throng of people--the foremost of whom had heard every word that Lord George Gordon said, and among all of whom the rumour had been rapidly dispersed that the stranger was a Papist who was bearding him for his advocacy of the popular cause--came pouring out pell-mell, and, forcing the nobleman, his secretary, and Sir John Chester on before them, so that they appeared to be at their head, crowded to the top of the stairs where Mr Haredale waited until the boat was ready, and there stood still, leaving him on a little clear space by himself.