American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adv. In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
- adv. In frantic disorderly haste; headlong: "I went to work pell-mell, blotted several sheets of paper with choice floating thoughts” ( Washington Irving).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- With confused or indiscriminate violence, energy, or eagerness; indiscriminately; promiscuously; confusedly; in a disorderly mass or manner.
- n. A variant of pall-mall.
- Tumultuous; promiscuous; disorderly.
- n. A mêléc; a confused fight; disorder.
- To mix up promiscuously; pile in confused heaps.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See pall-mall.
- adj. with undue hurry and confusion
- adv. in a wild or reckless manner
- French pêle-mêle This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)
- French pêle-mêle, from Old French pesle mesle, probably reduplication of mesle, imperative of mesler, to mix; see meddle. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I ran pell-mell down the bleachers, forgetting about my supposedly sprained ankle, and grabbed the nearest fan.”
“The shortfall is widely blamed on the pell-mell panic inside MF Global to keep the securities firm alive long enough to arrange a sale.”
“The chaotic retreat illustrated the often pell-mell nature of rebel operations, in which laborers and teachers with little training are left to find rides to the front in private vehicles.”
“Anyway, the BIG story here is that one honest woman was able to do what pack of university trustees and fellows and so on couldn't or wouldn't do: stop ND's pell-mell pursuit of cozy relations with the politically correct even when it means honoring abortionism's standard bearer.”
“She offered nothing that Sophia had been brought up to consider as love-worthy or estimable, for what good qualities she had must be accepted with their opposites, in an inconsequential pell-mell of wheat and tares.”
“Nobody scored more than the Bulgarian's 20 league goals last season, and his finishing is hallmarked by the composure that would surely have brought order to Saturday's pell-mell chaos.”
“This was little more than a large house overstuffed with prize pieces salvaged during the pell-mell escape from the capital.”
“Yet the acting is mechanistic too, the comic timing is off by a country kilometer and the action drags dismayingly between a succession of kinetic set pieces and pell-mell chases.”
“He was a devout Keynesian whose term as prime minister went pell-mell for growth then toppled over the brink of bust after boom.”
“It is doubtful many women will identify with Kate and her pell-mell rush through life.”
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