hellion

[hel-yuh n]

noun Informal.

a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person.

Nearby words

  1. hellgrammite,
  2. hellhole,
  3. hellhound,
  4. hellin's law,
  5. hellinger,
  6. hellish,
  7. hellishly,
  8. hellkite,
  9. hellman,
  10. hellman, lillian

Origin of hellion

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hellion

hellion

noun

US informal a rough or rowdy person, esp a child; troublemakerAlso called: heller

Word Origin for hellion

C19: probably from dialect hallion rogue, of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for hellion

hellion

n.

1846, American English, altered (by association with Hell) from Scottish/northern England dialectal hallion "worthless fellow, scamp" (1786), of unknown origin.

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