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noun Informal.
  1. a noisy, rowdy, troublesome person; hellion.

Origin of heller1

1890–95, Americanism; short for hell-raiser


noun, plural hel·lers, hel·ler.
  1. a former coin of various German states, usually equal to half a pfennig.
  2. a former bronze coin of Austria, the 100th part of a korona.
  3. haler(def 2).

Origin of heller2

1565–75; < German, Middle High German haller, heller, after Schwäbisch Hall Swabian town where they were orig. minted; see -er1


  1. Joseph,1923–99, U.S. novelist.
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noun plural -ler
  1. a monetary unit of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, worth one hundredth of a koruna
  2. any of various old German or Austrian coins of low denomination

Word Origin

from German haller a silver coin, after Hall, town in Swabia where the coins were minted


  1. another word for hellion


  1. Joseph. 1923–99, US novelist. His works include Catch 22 (1961), God Knows (1984), Picture This (1988), and Closing Time (1994)
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Word Origin and History for heller


former small coin of Austria and Germany, 1570s, from German Heller, from Middle High German haller, short for haller pfennic "penny coined in Hall" in Swabia (cf. dollar).

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