\ˈhek \

Definition of heck 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : hell sense 2 all heck breaks loose

2 : hell sense 4 a heck of a lot of money


biographical name
\ˈhek \

Definition of Heck (Entry 2 of 2)

Richard F(red) 1931–2015 American chemist

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Examples of heck in a Sentence


it looks like heck in that boy's bedroom

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Artificial intelligence, the culmination of decades of computational advancement, scares the heck out of tomorrow’s workforce. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—How to Share Benefits of the Digital Future With More People," 27 June 2018 The same properties make CBD oil a heck of a massage lotion, too. Meirav Devash, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil in Beauty Products," 25 June 2018 Both teams survive a few extra minutes before halftime without incident and head to the locker room to figure out just what the heck to do now. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Real Madrid Beats Liverpool in Champions League Final on a Wonder and Two Blunders," 27 May 2018 Gone are the Days: Sensing he is in his final days,a weary gunslinger aims for redemption by getting his estranged daughter the heck out of a brothel. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "'My Friend Dahmer,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 15 Apr. 2018 So just what the heck happened at the end of Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway? Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar: Late race confusion has Robert Wickens, SPM team manager irate," 8 July 2018 What should really scare the heck out of Americans is that 44% of the Supreme Court is ruled by emotion and politics, not the rule of law. WSJ, "Four Ninths of the Supreme Court Let Emotions Rule," 4 July 2018 Coach Brett Brown is a former San Antonio Spurs assistant, and James respects the heck out of Gregg Popovich. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "How the 76ers should convince LeBron James to sign with them," 26 June 2018 Choosing a cruise line can be as overwhelming as picking a destination for your summer vacation (or heck, as picking one more book to fit into your carry-on). Southern Living, "The One Thing Only Carnival Cruise Offers," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of heck


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of heck was in 1887

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English Language Learners Definition of heck

—used as a more polite form of hell

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evasion of direct action or statement

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