Pronunciation: (hel'tur-skel'tur),[key] —adv. 1. in headlong and disorderly haste: The children ran helter-skelter all over the house. 2. in a haphazard manner; without regard for order: Clothes were scattered helter-skelter about the room.
—adj. 1. carelessly hurried; confused: They ran in a mad, helter-skelter fashion for the exits. 2. disorderly; haphazard: Books and papers were scattered on the desk in a helter-skelter manner.