helter-skelter love


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

  • adverb In disorderly haste; confusedly; pell-mell.
  • adverb Haphazardly.
  • adjective Carelessly hurried and confused.
  • adjective Haphazard.
  • noun Turmoil; confusion.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • With confused haste or commotion; in a disorderly hurry; confusedly.
  • Confused; disorderly; carelessly hurried.
  • noun Confused movement or action; disorderly hurry or bustle; confusion.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb colloq. In hurry and confusion; without definite purpose; irregularly.

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

  • adverb In confused, disorderly haste
  • adjective Carelessly hurried and confused
  • noun confusion or turmoil
  • noun UK A helical fairground slide

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

  • adverb haphazardly
  • adjective lacking a visible order or organization
  • adjective with undue hurry and confusion


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

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From helter + skelter.



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  • "Everything is prepared from fresh. When it is ready, the meal is put in a pot and given a sticker and a colour to match the customer's seat.

    Then it is put on the rails and despatched downhill to the correct table. Manna from heaven, German-style.

    The restaurant is the brainchild of local businessman Michael Mack.

    "I wanted to come up with a complete new restaurant system," Michael tells me, "one that would be more efficient and more comfortable".

    Replacing waiters with helter-skelters and computers is fun for the customers. It also makes financial sense for the restaurant."

    - ' Fast food, German-style ', Steve Rosenberg for BBC News, 8 April 2008.

    April 9, 2008

  • Scary, in an oddly fascinating way.

    April 9, 2008

  • First time I have ever seen helter-skelter as a noun and it's a Kraut dumbwaiter?

    April 9, 2008

  • The whole crew were half suffocated as they were tossed helter-skelter into the white curdling cream of the squall.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 48

    July 25, 2008