Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Light-headed; giddy; half-witted; extravagant.
  • n. [With allusion to hell-cat.] A wicked or cruel creature.

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Examples

  • I warrant your friend casts up again — he will come back again, like the ill shilling — he is not the sort of gear that tynes — a hellicat boy, running through the country with a blind fiddler and playing the fiddle to

    Redgauntlet

  • “Hush, thou hellicat devil,” said her mother — “By Heaven! the other wench will be waking too.”

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • It wasna for his spending, I’m sure, for he just had a mutton-chop and a mug of ale, and maybe a glass or twa o’ wine—and I asked him to drink tea wi’ mysell, and didna put that into the bill; and he took nae supper, for he said he was defeat wi’ travel a’ the night afore—I dare say now it had been on some hellicat errand or other.

    Chapter XXXII

  • ` ` I'se tell thee what thou is now --- thou's a crazed hellicat Bess

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • ` ` Hush, thou hellicat devil, '' said her mother --- ` ` By Heaven! the other wench will be waking too. ''

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • I warrant your friend casts up again -- he will come back again, like the ill shilling -- he is not the sort of gear that tynes -- a hellicat boy, running through the country with a blind fiddler and playing the fiddle to

    Redgauntlet

  • I daresay now it had been on some hellicat errand or other. '

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 02

  • But I think my heart was e'en sairer, when I saw that hellicat trooper, Tam Halliday, kissing Jenny Dennison afore my face.

    Old Mortality, Volume 1.

  • "Hush, thou hellicat devil," said her mother -- "By Heaven! the other wench will be waking too."

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

  • The hellicat ne'er-do-weel! to bring such a crew here, that will expect to find brandy as plenty as ditch-water, and he kenning sae absolutely the case in whilk we stand for the present!

    The Bride of Lammermoor

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