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helter-skelter (adv.)

also helter skelter, 1590s, perhaps a rhyming reduplication from skelte "to hasten, scatter hurriedly," or merely "a riming formula vaguely imitative of hurry and confusion" [Century Dictionary] as in harum-scarum, etc. As an adjective from 1785.

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Definitions of helter-skelter from WordNet
1
helter-skelter (adj.)
lacking a visible order or organization;
Synonyms: chaotic
helter-skelter (adj.)
with undue hurry and confusion;
a helter-skelter kind of existence with never a pause
Synonyms: pell-mell
2
helter-skelter (adv.)
haphazardly;
the books were piled up helter-skelter
Synonyms: every which way
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