from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mischievous, troublesome, or unruly person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an unruly, rowdy or mischievous person
  • n. an evil person
  • n. the larva of the dobsonfly
  • adj. cursed, ill-fated

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)


Probably alteration (influenced by hell) of dialectal hallion, worthless person.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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