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

adj with undue hurry and confusion

“a helter-skelter kind of existence with never a pause”
moving rapidly or performed quickly or in great haste

adj lacking a visible order or organization

disorganised, disorganized
lacking order or methodical arrangement or function

adv haphazardly

“the books were piled up helter-skelter
every which way

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