Definition of pell-mell adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌpel ˈmel//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpel ˈmel//
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very quickly and in a way that is not controlled The children rushed pell-mell down the stairs. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French pêle-mêle, from earlier pesle mesle, mesle pesle, reduplication from mesler ‘to mix’.
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