\ ˈhek How to pronounce heck (audio) \

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 How to pronounce Heck (audio) \

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

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How the heck does someone get into this niche activity?! Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Went Ice Climbing and Lasted About 6 Whole Minutes," 10 Mar. 2019 Cooley doesn’t participate in the NBA’s extravaganza for the heck of it. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Suns summer-league center Jack Cooley shares his experience, hangs on to the dream," 7 July 2018 There are two people who are going to have one heck of a day in front of that committee. Fox News, "Laura Ingraham: The accusers' last act," 26 Sep. 2018 That’s $35 off its most recent price on Amazon and one heck of a deal for adding extra storage to a laptop with a card reader, a smartphone that can handle this capacity, or a camera. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon's one-day storage sale has great prices on SSDs, thumb drives, and external drives," 26 Sep. 2018 How in the heck could league commissioner Adam Silver allow this to happen? Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs," 5 July 2018 Even after a 5-4 loss to the Washington Nationals at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, the Yankees were still a couple percentage points ahead of the Boston Red Sox in what Steinbrenner called a heck of a pennant race. David Waldstein, New York Times, "Yankees Fall to Nationals as Steinbrenner Hints at Pitching Acquisition," 13 June 2018 Further reading: SpaceX, Tesla, and Elon Musk Vox’s Emily Stewart explains what the heck happened with Musk, marijuana, Joe Rogan, and Musk’s feud with a cave diver, as well as whether his companies are in trouble for his headline-grabbing behavior. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Watch: Elon Musk reveals the SpaceX mystery moon traveler," 18 Sep. 2018 So expect the Seahawks to come out and rush it one heck of a lot more tonight. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Over/Unders: How many receptions will Tyler Lockett have? What will Michael Dickson’s punting average be? And more!," 17 Sep. 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

informal used as a more polite form of hell

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