Pell-mell definition

pĕlmĕl
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In haste, uncontrolledly, confusedly.
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In a jumbled, confused manner; helter-skelter.
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In frantic disorderly haste; headlong.
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In a jumbled, confused mass or manner; without order or method.
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In wild, disorderly haste; headlong.
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A jumble; confusion; disorder.
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Origin of pell-mell

  • French pêle-mêle from Old French pesle mesle probably reduplication of mesle imperative of mesler to mix meddle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French pêle-mêle from Old French pesle-mesle, apparently a rhyme based on the stem of mesler (“to mix, meddle"). Compare meddle, melee.

    From Wiktionary