Definition of helter-skelter noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌheltə ˈskeltə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌheltər ˈskeltər//
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(British English) a tall tower at a fairground that has a path twisting around the outside of it from the top to the bottom for people to slide down Word Originlate 16th cent. (as an adverb): a rhyming jingle of unknown origin, perhaps symbolic of running feet or from Middle English skelte ‘hasten’.