helter-skelter

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj helter-skelter with undue hurry and confusion "a helter-skelter kind of existence with never a pause","a pell-mell dash for the train"
    • adj helter-skelter lacking a visible order or organization
    • adv helter-skelter haphazardly "the books were piled up helter-skelter"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Helter-skelter In hurry and confusion; without definite purpose; irregularly. "Helter-skelter have I rode to thee.""A wistaria vine running helter-skelter across the roof."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • helter-skelter With confused haste or commotion; in a disorderly hurry; confusedly.
    • helter-skelter Confused; disorderly; carelessly hurried.
    • n helter-skelter Confused movement or action; disorderly hurry or bustle; confusion.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adv Helter-skelter hel′ter-skel′ter in a confused hurry: tumultuously
    • n Helter-skelter a confused medley: disorderly motion
    • adj Helter-skelter confused
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
An onomatpoetic word. Cf. G. holter-polter, D. holder de bolder,

Usage

In literature:

Helter-skelter the men rushed out, Tony and his mates in front.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott
How helter-skelter she sows her seed, yet behold the forest or the flowery plain.
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs
Thoughts rushed through Conger's mind, helter-skelter.
"The Skull" by Philip K. Dick
All the wymps at once hurled themselves helter-skelter through the sun again, in search of milk for their new Queen's supper.
"All the Way to Fairyland" by Evelyn Sharp
They scampered helter-skelter, they squeaked, they sat upon their hind legs, and feasted merrily.
"The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries" by Various
De railroads wuz all broke up, en eve'ything look like it gwine helter-skelter right straight ter de Ole Boy.
"Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches" by Joel Chandler Harris
It was then a helter-skelter chase until the enemy took refuge in the gap.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
Into her helter-skelter house came, on this Saturday afternoon, her landlord.
"An Old Chester Secret" by Margaret Deland
The slaves ran away helter-skelter.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 377, March 1847" by Various
Therefore at the warning shout, panic seized them, and they fled, helter-skelter, through the main door.
"The Red Symbol" by John Ironside
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In poetry:

She has a little muff
In which, from breezes rough,
Her hands find shelter.
My wits, when her I see
Clad all so daintily,
Fly helter-skelter.
"A Valentine" by Oscar Fay Adams
And as I silently retired
I turned and watched them still:
And they came helter-skelter out,
Driven forward like a rabble rout
Into the world they had so desired,
By the all-immanent Will.
"The Cave Of The Unborn" by Thomas Hardy
Helter-skelter the kittens appear;
"Oh mother dear, we very much fear
That we have lost our mittens!" they cry.
"You have? Then you shall have no pie!
Lost your mittens?
You naughty kittens!"
"The Three Little Kittens" by Clara Doty Bates
Then in a confused mass they fled down the opposite side of the hill
In hundreds,driven by sheer force sore against their will;
And helter-skelter they did run,
For all their positions were carried and the victory won.
"General Roberts in Afghanistan" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Dez Bryant at his best when Cowboys' offense is helter-skelter .
Dez is at his best when the offense is helter-skelter and Romo is throwing every down.
The Beatles — "Helter Skelter".
With the raucous "Helter Skelter," the Beatles set out to beat a heavy band at its own game.
'Helter Skelter' Reveals The Evil of Banality.
'Dexter' recap, 'Helter Skelter '.
Dez Bryant at his best when Cowboys' offense is helter- skelter .
Dez is at his best when the offense is helter- skelter and Romo is throwing every down.
Listen to Paul McCartney's vocals from the song Helter Skelter .
The Beatles — "Helter Skelter ".
With the raucous "Helter Skelter ," the Beatles set out to beat a heavy band at its own game.
The Beatles "Helter Skelter ".
Helter Skelter , German Style.
'Helter Skelter ' Reveals The Evil of Banality.
A Type A personality driver can lead to a scene from Helter Skelter: a bloody mess.
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