Definition of hellion in English:


Line breaks: hel|lion
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛljən


North American informal
A rowdy or mischievous person, especially a child.
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  • 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.

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