American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In disorderly haste; confusedly; pell-mell.
- adv. Haphazardly.
- adj. Carelessly hurried and confused.
- adj. Haphazard.
- n. Turmoil; confusion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- With confused haste or commotion; in a disorderly hurry; confusedly.
- Confused; disorderly; carelessly hurried.
- n. Confused movement or action; disorderly hurry or bustle; confusion.
- adv. In confused, disorderly haste
- adj. Carelessly hurried and confused
- n. confusion or turmoil
- n. UK A helical fairground slide
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. colloq. In hurry and confusion; without definite purpose; irregularly.
- adv. haphazardly.
- adj. lacking a visible order or organization
- adj. with undue hurry and confusion
- From helter + skelter. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Neither of those current stereotypes survived this extraordinary match, a helter-skelter ride of fine goals and head-clutching errors – and that is to take into account only the individual contributions of Wayne Rooney and Fernando Torres, both of whom touched the heights of the sublime and the depths of the gor-blimey.”
“We don't want the kind of world we'll get if we allow global climate change, resource conflicts, resource constraints, environmental degradation, overwhelming population growth, helter-skelter urbanization, war, social injustice and other looming problems to go unaddressed.”
“The Revolution Business looks like the original painting had an interesting composition, but then the text is plopped over it helter-skelter, creating an over-all impression of just chaos.”
“The projected video feed of its crazed, helter-skelter movements delivers the sickening effect of a fairground ride.”
“The pitch was hardly pristine and Ireland had to acclimatise quickly during frenetic opening exchanges, when the pace and helter-skelter action gave the occasion a real cup tie feel.”
“It was like climbing the wrong way up a helter-skelter; we got to the top and stood on the parapet waiting to jump.”
“On the helter-skelter main roads in these villages and towns we pass by tiendas offering everything from toothpaste to tomatoes or a farmacia where you can purchase drugs that don't require taking out a bank loan, although it might be useful to check their expiry dates.”
“Another sign of the stunning turnaround: U.S. Treasurys, which had been a helter-skelter destination for safety-seeking investors, have seen prices collapse.”
“Given the pace of cultural change in the helter-skelter postwar boom, it would be an incongruously long reign.”
“They flew helter-skelter out of his grips, landing in all manner of attitudes, grotesquely and harmlessly, in the soft snow.”
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