\ 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

Examples of heck in a Sentence

Noun it looks like heck in that boy's bedroom
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The value of a high-end pocketbook and the political economy concludes that the Porsche Taycan is one heck of a ride! Selika Josiah Talbott, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 And each season is buttoned up with a reunion special in which the cast members and Cohen discuss what the heck just happened. Los Angeles Times, 1 Nov. 2021 But why the heck is anyone getting medical advice from Tucker Carlson? Steven Salzberg, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 Screw the lid on tight and shake the heck out of it. Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 What the heck can be so interesting about that Hamilton guy? Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Their lack of ball-handlers was clear on Thursday night when Miami pressured the heck out of the likes of George Hill, Khris Middleton and Justin Robinson. Brian Sampson, Forbes, 22 Oct. 2021 If not, then why the heck is Jamie snooping in her phone?!?! Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 16 Oct. 2021 Now, how to actually get there … who the heck knows? Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 10 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of heck


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Heck.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heck. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of heck

used as a more polite form of hell

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