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5 definitions found
 for pell-mell
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pall-mall \Pall`-mall"\, n. [OF. palemail, It. pallamagio; palla
     a ball (of German origin, akin to E. ball) + magio hammer,
     fr. L. malleus. See 1st Ball, and Mall a beetle.]
     A game formerly common in England, in which a wooden ball was
     driven with a mallet through an elevated hoop or ring of
     iron. The name was also given to the mallet used, to the
     place where the game was played, and to the street, in
     London, still called Pall Mall. [Written also pail-mail and
     pell-mell.] --Sir K. Digby. --Evelyn.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pell-mell \Pell`-mell"\, n.
     See Pall-mall.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pellmell \Pell`mell"\, adv. [F. p[^e]le-m[^e]le, prob. fr. pelle
     a shovel + m[^e]ler to mix, as when different kinds of grain
     are heaped up and mixed with a shovel. See Pell shovel,
     Medley.]
     In utter confusion; with confused violence. "Men, horses,
     chariots, crowded pellmell." --Milton.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  pell-mell
      adv 1: in a wild or reckless manner; "dashing harum-scarum all
             over the place"; "running pell-mell up the stairs" [syn:
             harum-scarum, pell-mell]
      adj 1: with undue hurry and confusion; "a helter-skelter kind of
             existence with never a pause"; "a pell-mell dash for the
             train" [syn: helter-skelter, pell-mell]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  46 Moby Thesaurus words for "pell-mell":
     bedlam, brouhaha, chaos, chaotic, chaotically, commotion, confused,
     confusedly, confusion, disorder, disordered, disorderly,
     disorganized, excitement, feverish, feverishly, hastily, hasty,
     helter-skelter, hubbub, hurried, hurriedly, impetuous, impetuously,
     impulsive, impulsively, incautious, incautiously, mad, melee,
     pandemonium, panicky, precipitate, precipitately, rash, rashly,
     reckless, recklessly, slap-bang, slapdash, spontaneously, tumult,
     tumultuous, turmoil, wild, wildly
  
  

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