adjective & adverb
- In disorderly haste or confusion: [as adjective]: the helter-skelter dash to unity [as adverb]: hurtling helter-skelter down the pavementMore example sentences
headlong, pell-mell, hotfoot, post-haste, hastily, in a hurry, hurriedly, as fast as possible, as quickly as possible, at full speed, at full pelt, at full tilt, hell for leather, recklessly, precipitately, impetuously, impulsively, carelessly, heedlessly, wildly• informal like a bat out of hell, at a lick, like the wind, like greased lightning, like a bomb, like mad, like crazy, like blazesNorth American • informal lickety-split• literary apace, hurry-scurry
- Tell them that you feel friendship is undervalued in this helter-skelter crazy materialistic world.
- Approaching this year's jamboree in Gloucestershire, he is riding better than ever at 34, having put the brakes on a helter-skelter lifestyle.
- The stunningly modern helter-skelter overpasses seem rather incongruous with a melange of bikes and cars that follow a system of road safety entirely their own.
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- 1British A fairground amusement consisting of a tall spiral slide winding around a tower.More example sentences
- There's a vast market, with traders clad in frock coats, a fairground with hurdy-gurdies and helter-skelters, an artificial ice rink and three outdoor stages full of choirs and bands.
- There are waltzers, dodgems, helter-skelters and one or two old fashioned merry-go-rounds with properly painted horses.
- In a bid to create a rival attraction to the London Eye and the Manchester Wheel, Ulverston Town Council decides to convert the monument into a helter-skelter.
- 2 [in singular] Disorder; confusion: the helter-skelter of a school dayMore example sentences
- That's the way it's supposed to be - an evolving drama with nuance, color, deliberate pacing, and bursts of action that take you away from the helter-skelter of our otherwise rush-rush worlds.
- But why dwell on such things when the sun has returned with renewed resolve, teasing blooms from the helter-skelter of bare branches?
- Also, you have to bear in mind that a pullout cannot just be a chaotic one, a helter-skelter.
late 16th century (as an adverb): a rhyming jingle of unknown origin, perhaps symbolic of running feet or from Middle English skelte 'hasten'.