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A mischievous, troublesome, or unruly person.

[Probably alteration (influenced by hell) of dialectal hallion, worthless person.]


informal US a rough or rowdy person, esp a child; troublemaker. Also called: heller
[C19: probably from dialect hallion rogue, of unknown origin]


(ˈhɛl yən)

a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person.
[1835–45, Amer.; hell + -ion, as in rapscallion]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hellion - a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man); "he chased the young hellions out of his yard"
bad hat, mischief-maker, trouble maker, troublemaker, troubler - someone who deliberately stirs up trouble
References in classic literature ?
Jawn, did ye ever see a straighter-nosed gang of hellions in the days of your life?
What a silky smooth hellion she was; and so com- posed and serene, when the cords all down my legs were hurting in sympathy with that man's pain.
She was some hellion, there on the top of the world, clawing and scratching tooth and nail--a regular she cat.
The material of lot 2 is for multi-home Montconseil, the new nursery school and the Hellions Restaurant P.
In the bloody halls of Zombie High, students experience a horrific homecoming with demonic hellions roaming about.
The sight of that shambling, self-absorbed little gaggle of reporters with an eye for the pigmy and nary a one for the elephant standing opposite would later merge in my mind with that sequence of the cross-eyed little hellions pursuing Judas in Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ,
For a novel concerned with bone-crunching hellions, Zone One is a curiously slow read.
As a teacher in a one room country school with a dozen country hellions with overactive imaginations dispersed through seven grades, somehow she managed to control us, teach us and at the same time be a generous friend to each one of us.
That a hulking athlete was illegally building muscle by injecting himself with illegal drugs, or that a group of dipsomaniacal hellions bent on deriding another team's player couldn't possibly be unearthing truths?
Of course, from time to time we were also a little phony as a family--well-behaved when guests were present but hellions when they were not.
When he skipped town, Ford was in possession of several motorcycles belonging to Henry, a ruthless drug dealer and leader of the Hellions biker gang.
It has an air of infernal bargain, as if just by being here, you've made some unwilling pact with young hellions.