\ 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

How the heck did a team with 8 players who are deemed worthy of playing in the MLS not romp to the USL title in 2018? Jay Brinker, Cincinnati.com, "Guest TML: The midseason awards for 2019 Bengals, Reds, UC, FC Cincinnati, Tiger Woods," 28 June 2019 How the heck can a 2020 schedule even be put together at this point? Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: UConn’s official move to the Big East finally opens the door for questions to be answered," 27 June 2019 Who the heck remembers Jim Eastland that is going to find that a good reference? NBC News, "Meet the Press - 6/23," 23 June 2019 Nurse has a long way to go before his story is written, but closing this series out with a Larry O’Brien Trophy would be a heck of a first chapter. 4. oregonlive.com, "5 questions on the NBA Finals as Golden State, Toronto battle for historic championship," 13 June 2019 Trying to understand what the heck Google was doing with its tablet strategy was always hard. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google was never really serious about tablets," 21 June 2019 Big picture, what the heck does Wednesday night’s Gold Cup doubleheader at Broncos Stadium at Mile High actually mean for Denver’s hopes of hosting a World Cup site in 2026? Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "CONCACAF official: If Denver works for the Gold Cup, “I don’t see why it wouldn’t work for the World Cup” in 2026," 19 June 2019 The low friction of ice is why speedskaters can reach 35 mph, why figure skaters can twirl in dizzying circles, and why a 40-pound curling stone can glide and accomplish whatever the heck the point of curling is. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 What the heck are Zlata and Dr. G doing together conspiring against Desna? Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, "‘Claws’ Episode 5 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Vaginalologist’ and the good doctor’s betrayal," 9 July 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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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