Etymology
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hellion (n.)

"naughty child or person," 1811, American English, altered (by association with Hell) from Scottish/northern England dialectal hallion "worthless fellow, scamp" (1786), a word of unknown origin. Explained humorously in Irving's "Salmagundi" (1811) as "A deputy scullion employed in regions below to cook up the broth."

updated on July 01, 2015

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Definitions of hellion from WordNet

hellion (n.)
a rowdy or mischievous person (usually a young man);
he chased the young hellions out of his yard
Synonyms: heller / devil
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