heck

noun
\ 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

Heck

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

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Much of the initial response was merely questioning what the heck a bath sheet even is. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "You Probably Don’t Own Enough Towels, According to an Expert," 22 Feb. 2019 This decision opened up more play opportunities for kids and the potential to make a heck of a lot more money. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 Sadly for myself and a solid number of people living in New York City, walk-in closets come with one heck of a price tag. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This $15 Hanging Rod Doubled the Size of My Tiny Closet," 2 Apr. 2019 Or at least totally covered up with one heck of a foundation. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Paris Jackson Covered Up All of Her Tattoos for a New Photo Shoot," 19 July 2018 Here, doctors explain 12 ways to make getting a colonoscopy a heck of a lot easier. 1. Korin Miller, SELF, "12 Colonoscopy Prep Tips From Gastroenterologists to Make the Whole Thing Less Hellish," 18 May 2018 What the heck is going on in China for international business and government audience. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Social media makes us angry and unfocused. Is email the answer?," 6 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of heck

Noun

1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for heck

Noun

euphemism

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The first known use of heck was in 1887

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More Definitions for heck

heck

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heck

informal used as a more polite form of hell

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