\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

But that leads me to my third feeling: what the heck is going on with Google Maps? Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Maps will let you chat with businesses," 14 Nov. 2018 Chip Gaines is cooking up one heck of a Twitter debate! Megan Stein, Country Living, "Chip Gaines Gets Backlash for the Most Hilarious Reason on Latest Photo of Baby Crew's Car Seat," 14 Aug. 2018 Being home and recovering is a heck of a lot better than being at the hospital. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Lacrosse community uplifts coach Tom Nugent as he battles cancer for the 2nd time," 6 July 2018 Playing Stanford’s been a heck of a battle and Wazzu for sure. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "Chris Petersen on UW-Oregon rivalry, Autzen Stadium, Myles Gaskin, Justin Herbert and more," 8 Oct. 2018 And Hardy honestly plays this film like a living cartoon character, which means his exaggerated dialogue behavior and action-scene bravado make up for whatever the heck is coming out of his mouth. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Venom film review: Stupid, but still good enough to bite your head off," 5 Oct. 2018 Nilay, Paul, and Dieter bring back Silicon Valley Editor and host of Converge Casey Newton to discuss Twitter’s bad week and what the heck is going on with them. Andrew Marino, The Verge, "Vergecast: This week in Twitter, Elon Musk, and batteries," 17 Aug. 2018 Michigan offers a heck of a wine selection, but there's no better destination for wine lovers than Old Mission peninsula just north of Traverse City. Brian Manzullo, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's summer gems: 22 activities you must try," 27 June 2018 But rookie Ian Thomas, who filled in on first team tight end No. 2 snaps on the last day of minicamp, looks like a heck of an athlete. Jourdan Rodrigue, charlotteobserver, "Intriguing Panthers, position by position, as team transitions from OTAs to camp," 15 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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to make faulty or ineffective

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