[ hel-yuhn ]
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  1. a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person.

Origin of hellion

1835–45, Americanism;hell + -ion, as in scullion,rapscallion

Words Nearby hellion

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How to use hellion in a sentence

  • As Entertainment Weekly reviewed, "Haley, full of spitting fury and loathing, makes [Rorschach] a gripping hellion."

  • She was some hellion, there on the top of the world, clawing and scratching tooth and nail—a regular she cat.

    The Red One | Jack London
  • I've been sivinteen years living down a reputation as a hellion.

    The Sheriff's Son | William MacLeod Raine
  • If it was anybody else I'd say it was crazy, but you're such a doggoned hellion of a go-getter mebbe you can put it over.

    Oh, You Tex! | William Macleod Raine
  • If these places you speak of call for a stubborn hellion, then you've got the right party.

    David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
  • If I cut loose and danced the way I like to, they'd think I was a perfect hellion—poor harmless me!

    Main Street | Sinclair Lewis

British Dictionary definitions for hellion


/ (ˈhɛljən) /

  1. US informal a rough or rowdy person, esp a child; troublemaker: Also called: heller

Origin of hellion

C19: probably from dialect hallion rogue, of unknown origin

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