Helter-skelter things are disorganized, hasty, and appear completely random. Your helter-skelter housekeeping style will definitely not impress your tidy grandmother when she comes to visit.

You can use helter-skelter as an adjective, to describe something disorderly, or an adverb for things that are done haphazardly: "The little car, packed full of clowns, took off helter-skelter down the street." This word has been around since the 16th century, from the Middle English skelte, "to scatter hurriedly." The Beatles made it famous when they named a song "Helter Skelter" on the 1968 record popularly called "The White Album."

Definitions of helter-skelter
  1. adjective
    with undue hurry and confusion
    “a helter-skelter kind of existence with never a pause”
    synonyms: pell-mell
    moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste
  2. adjective
    lacking a visible order or organization
    synonyms: chaotic
    disorganised, disorganized
    lacking order or methodical arrangement or function
  3. adverb
    “the books were piled up helter-skelter
    synonyms: every which way
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