from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Hasty, uncontrolled.
- adv. In haste, uncontrolledly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See pall-mall.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. with undue hurry and confusion
- adv. in a wild or reckless manner
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)
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