\ 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

Noun it looks like heck in that boy's bedroom
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Joe Burrow being able to do a whole heck of a lot in this one. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Cincinnati Bengals vs. Pittsburgh Steelers picks, predictions: Who wins Week 10 NFL game?," 10 Nov. 2020 In peeling back the curtain on what made his 23-yard fumble return for a touchdown Saturday night against No. 1 Clemson not only possible but seemingly inevitable, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah explained a heck of a lot more. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football midseason report: Team MVP, top newcomers, biggest surprises and more," 10 Nov. 2020 The morning after Election Day itself, the Supreme Court heard a case on foster care and adoption that puts a heck of a lot in perspective. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, "Message to Biden: If You Want to Heal, Lay Off the Little Sisters and the Knights," 9 Nov. 2020 From fifth option to first string, Tulane running back Stephon Huderson is enjoying a heck of a ride in his senior year. G Smith, NOLA.com, "Finally his time: Senior running back Stephon Huderson carrying the load for Tulane," 22 Oct. 2020 Jake Luton did a heck of a job with that last year. oregonlive, "Oregon State defense owning the day at practices, which thrills QB Tristan Gebbia: ‘It’s going to make Saturdays a lot easier’," 14 Oct. 2020 Dalton must do a heck of a job going forward to keep this season on track. David Moore, Dallas News, "The Cowboys lost the player they could least afford to lose. Now, Andy Dalton must take up the burden.," 12 Oct. 2020 If your kitchen is anything like mine, the coronavirus outbreak has taken a heck of a toll on your spice rack. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Paul’s Cooking Tips: Replenish your spice rack at Ali Baba International Food Market," 19 Sep. 2020 Is Nevada really leaning Biden and what the heck is happening in Michigan? Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "‘This is painful:’ Bay Area residents wake only to wait," 4 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of heck


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Nov 2020

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“Heck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heck. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heck

informal used as a more polite form of hell

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