[ hel-yuh n ]
/ ˈhɛl yən /

noun Informal.

a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person.

Origin of hellion

1835–45, Americanism; hell + -ion, as in scullion, rapscallion
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British Dictionary definitions for hellion


/ (ˈhɛljən) /


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



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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