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HELTER-SKELTER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does helter-skelter mean? 

HELTER-SKELTER (adjective)
  The adjective HELTER-SKELTER has 2 senses:

1. lacking a visible order or organization
2. with undue hurry and confusion

  Familiarity information: HELTER-SKELTER used as an adjective is rare.


HELTER-SKELTER (adverb)
  The adverb HELTER-SKELTER has 1 sense:

1. haphazardly

  Familiarity information: HELTER-SKELTER used as an adverb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HELTER-SKELTER (adjective)


Sense 1helter-skelter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking a visible order or organization

Synonyms:

chaotic; helter-skelter

Similar:

disorganised; disorganized (lacking order or methodical arrangement or function)


Sense 2helter-skelter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

With undue hurry and confusion

Synonyms:

pell-mell; helter-skelter

Context examples:

a helter-skelter kind of existence with never a pause / a pell-mell dash for the train

Similar:

hurried (moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste)


HELTER-SKELTER (adverb)


Sense 1helter-skelter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Haphazardly

Synonyms:

helter-skelter; every which way

Context example:

the books were piled up helter-skelter


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