Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A mischievous, troublesome, or unruly person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun an unruly, rowdy or mischievous person
  • noun an evil person
  • noun the larva of the dobsonfly
  • adjective cursed, ill-fated

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

  • noun a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man)

Etymologies

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

[Probably alteration (influenced by hell) of dialectal hallion, worthless person.]

Examples

  • Lottie had been called a hellion, an imp, and a mischievous fiend.

    One Night Of Scandal

  • Tom had called the woman a "hellion," therefore he was privileged to do the same, and any denial of that privilege was an iniquitous encroachment upon HIS sacred rights.

    The Winds of Chance

  • It's a story loosely based on my mom's three younger brothers and their early hellion ways ed. note: the movie's three boys are pictured below.

    Kat Candler: The Sundance Diaries: We Got In? Shut Up!

  • Spent the next several hours surrounded by a double-sized passel of hellion children whose parental units weren't watching them or disciplining them.

    Another Father's Day

  • Well then, my ideal wife is an unpredictable hellion, with a penchant for getting into trouble and speaking her mind.

    How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

  • It's a story loosely based on my mom's three younger brothers and their early hellion ways ed. note: the movie's three boys are pictured below.

    Kat Candler: The Sundance Diaries: We Got In? Shut Up!

  • Suddenly Howell was getting the hang of talking to this hellion in a wheelchair.

    Lorelei

  • But now, as we ebb toward the season finale, our Ade has morphed from misunderstood head case to monstrous hellion, swapping out Silver's bipolar meds and getting Navid drunk enough to believe they actually hooked up while his girlfriend was in the psych ward.

    Watercooler: Is Adrianna the New Bad Girl of 90210?

  • I thought he was all, 'Aw shucks, yes m'am, no m'am,' but he's a hellion.

    Parenthood's Pregnancy and Playboy's Socially Aggressive Plots

  • Suddenly Howell was getting the hang of talking to this hellion in a wheelchair.

    Lorelei

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