noun Informal.

a person who behaves in a rowdy, riotous manner, especially habitually.

Origin of hell-raiser

First recorded in 1910–15
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Contemporary Examples of hell-raiser

  • McCain was a heartthrob when he came back from Vietnam, with his hell-raiser smile and hair turned fetchingly white.

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    The Heat Quotient

    Tina Brown

    October 28, 2008

Word Origin and History for hell-raiser

1914 (to raise hell is from 1896), from hell + agent noun from raise (v.).

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