Meaning of helter-skelter

hel•ter-skel•ter

Pronunciation: (hel'tur-skel'tur), [key]
— adv.
  1. in headlong and disorderly haste: The children ran helter-skelter all over the house.
  2. in a haphazard manner; without regard for order: Clothes were scattered helter-skelter about the room.
—adj.
  1. carelessly hurried; confused: They ran in a mad, helter-skelter fashion for the exits.
  2. disorderly; haphazard: Books and papers were scattered on the desk in a helter-skelter manner.
—n.
  1. tumultuous disorder; confusion.
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