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[hel-yuh n] /ˈhɛl yən/
noun, Informal.
a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person.
Origin of hellion
1835-45, Americanism; hell + -ion, as in scullion, rapscallion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hellion
  • They will never know that that hellion, or that stallion, was originally you.
  • He goes to public school and the principal there is a hellion about punctuality.
  • The rest of the family was still taking in this revised self, this hellion turned hausfrau.
British Dictionary definitions for hellion


(US, informal) a rough or rowdy person, esp a child; troublemaker Also called heller
Word Origin
C19: probably from dialect hallion rogue, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for hellion

1846, American English, altered (by association with Hell) from Scottish/northern England dialectal hallion "worthless fellow, scamp" (1786), of unknown origin.

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