\ 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

There was also one heck of a show by Star’s VarieTease troupe. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Venue closes, but ‘Jurassic World’ dinosaurs are coming ... and so is Christmas," 16 Sep. 2019 Two weeks on from The Handmaid's Tale finale, there's still one burning unanswered question on fans' minds: Where the heck was Nick?! Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Max Minghella Talks Nick's Future on The Handmaid's Tale," 28 Aug. 2019 But quarterback Baker Mayfield is one heck of a test in his own right. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts-Browns observations: Indianapolis offensive line needs to fix its pass protection," 15 Aug. 2019 Such as, how the heck did director Jon Favreau do that? Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How the heck did Disney make 'The Lion King' feel so real? Your burning questions, answered," 18 July 2019 Now Tartakovsky's back with another great animated leap forward, a decidedly violent show about the toughest caveman on prehistoric Earth and his best friend, a dinosaur, killing the heck out of even tougher, evil dinosaurs. Wired, "The 11 Best New TV Shows Coming This Fall," 16 Sep. 2019 What the heck is going on in this town? -- Andrew, Coral Gables. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is Dolphins’ Minkah Fitzpatrick a case of Hassan Whiteside 2.0?," 15 Sep. 2019 What the heck is going on in Italian politics, briefly explained Matteo Salvini is pretty much what’s going on in Italian politics. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Italy’s prime minister just resigned. What the heck comes next?," 21 Aug. 2019 ZeroHero, as it’s called, would be a section—heck, maybe a whole aisle—of big-box stores devoted to zero-waste products. Rowan Jacobsen, Outside Online, "An Ocean Plastics Field Trip for Corporate Executives," 8 Aug. 2019

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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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to fake an opponent out of position

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