One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A rowdy or mischievous person, especially a child.
mischievous child, imp, monkey, puck, rascal, rogue, minx, mischief-maker, prankster, tearawayView synonyms
- ‘Well, somewhat embarrassingly, I puffed my first joint at age 26 - blame it on the fact that my older sisters were uncontrollable hellions and left me terrified of the evil dope as a lad.’
- ‘I've instructed the staff to keep their computers away from the little hellions.’
- ‘A single mom with a hellion for a daughter and a much-younger recovered-addict boyfriend - now there's someone with some conflict in her life.’
- ‘He was fully backed by his sister, who was well-known in the bayous as a little hellion who always got her way.’
- ‘Have you seen the state of the hellions you'd have to teach?’
- ‘They are not the happy, well adjusted children that we all imagine we can raise until we actually have the little hellions.’
- ‘I was a hellion and I always fought with my parents.’
- ‘Bart falls in love with Reverend Lovejoy's beautiful daughter, only to discover that she is more of a hellion than he is.’
- ‘He then meets her kids, who are of course a couple of hellions.’
- ‘Somewhat of a hellion, Watts was held in check by his tight-knit community and his father's penchant for corporal punishment.’
- ‘She tied her hair in a ponytail and walked back to the main nursery section where all the little hellions were.’
- ‘I'd been here before, once or twice, with the neighborhood hellions.’
- ‘She missed the clubs she'd frequent with her friends, sneaking out to drink and party, and just plain being a little hellion.’
- ‘She's long and lean, with shoulder-length reddish-brown hair, smooth skin, and big brown doe eyes - which is to say, she doesn't look like a hellion.’
- ‘I can't bring myself to admit that my kid is a hellion.’
- ‘One minute she would sound like a wounded angel, the next like a streetwise hellion.’
- ‘Each kid has a different father, and the kids are little hellions.’
- ‘His signature is the social documentary, which paints teenagers as humans rather than hellions.’
- ‘I thought Mrs. E. was one of the prettiest, nicest adults I'd ever met, and days when her teenage daughter helped out with all us little hellions were extra special.’
- ‘Mozart might not have been the spendthrift hellion portrayed in the 1984 film Amadeus, but he could play the piano blindfolded, loved wooing women and wrote bawdy letters.’
Mid 19th century: perhaps from dialect hallion ‘a worthless fellow’, changed by association with hell.
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