helter-skelter

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Likely onomatopoeic; with Middle English skelten ("to hasten"), or maybe related to Old High German skeltan (scold) from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kel- (make noise, yell), employed as a fossil word.

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helter-skelter (comparative more helter-skelter, superlative most helter-skelter)

  1. In confused, disorderly haste
    • 1998, Deborah J. Bennett, Randomness, Harvard University Press, p. 104
      Pellets, once released from the funnel, would bounce helter-skelter, left or right, against the pins […] to ultimately gather in the lower compartments in a pile which resembles a normal curve.

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helter-skelter (comparative more helter-skelter, superlative most helter-skelter)

  1. Carelessly hurried and confused

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Noun[edit]

helter-skelter (countable and uncountable, plural helter-skelters)

  1. confusion or turmoil
  2. (Britain) A helical fairground slide

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