nounNorth American informal
A rowdy or mischievous person, especially a child.
More example sentences
- One minute she would sound like a wounded angel, the next like a streetwise hellion.
- I thought Mrs. E. was one of the prettiest, nicest adults I'd ever met, and days when her teenage daughter helped out with all us little hellions were extra special.
- They are not the happy, well adjusted children that we all imagine we can raise until we actually have the little hellions.
mid 19th century: perhaps from dialect hallion 'a worthless fellow', changed by association with hell.
Definition of hellion in:
- The US English dictionary