: hell sense 2
all heck breaks loose
: hell sense 4
a heck of a lot of money

Example Sentences

it looks like heck in that boy's bedroom
Recent Examples on the Web That’s got to be a heck of a juggling act to have that planned out, to do all the work while also trying to win national championships and get to the Olympics. Dave Kallmann, Journal Sentinel, 21 Mar. 2023 And certainly no pause just to figure out what the heck was going on. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2023 Okereke also made a heck of an impression on the Giants in an otherwise ugly day for the Colts in January, making 17 tackles in the team's blowout loss to New York. The Indianapolis Star, 13 Mar. 2023 Right now is the time to figure out your next step and get the heck out of that toxic household. Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Mar. 2023 Now, adding a touch of elegant royal flair to your everyday style got a heck of a lot easier because Missoma just launched a major sale for the weekend. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 3 Mar. 2023 Dak is a heck of a human and leader but not the kind of quarterback who lifts the level of talent around him. Dallas News, 17 Feb. 2023 The ol’ mailbox is getting a workout from readers and fans in recent weeks, wondering what the heck is going on with all things OSU women’s basketball. oregonlive, 13 Feb. 2023 The Pixel 7 is a heck of a deal for someone who wants a flagship Android phone without paying flagship prices. Antonio G. Di Benedetto, The Verge, 6 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of heck was in 1887

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“Heck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heck. Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Richard F(red) 1931–2015 American chemist

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