- in a jumbled, confused mass or manner; without order or method
- in wild, disorderly haste; headlong
Origin of pell-mellFrench pêle-mêle from Old French pesle mesle, reduplicated, reduplication from mesler, to mix
a jumble; confusion; disorder
Also written pell′mell′
- In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
- In frantic disorderly haste; headlong: “I went to work pell-mell, blotted several sheets of paper with choice floating thoughts” ( Washington Irving )
Origin of pell-mellFrench pêle-mêle from Old French pesle mesle probably reduplication of mesle imperative of mesler to mix ; see meddle .