hella

adverb
\ ˈhe-lə How to pronounce hella (audio) \

Definition of hella

 (Entry 1 of 2)

slang
: very, extremely And though she's excited, she's also hella scared.— Mimi Valdes, Vibe, October 2002 If you need someone to impress kids with a hella loud motorcycle, great.— Kase Wickman, MTV News, 17 June 2015

hella

adjective
\ ˈhe-lə How to pronounce hella (audio) \

Definition of hella (Entry 2 of 2)

slang
: a lot of You've got to keep in mind that the rematch is more money. They're making hella money now, but the rematch is more money, or even a draw of a good fight is more money.— Deontay Wilder, quoted in The Dallas Morning News, 3 May 2015

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First Known Use of hella

Adverb

1987, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1991, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hella

Adverb

probably contracted from hell of a as an adjectival intensifier (though the shift in syntactic category is unexplained)

Adjective

probably after hella entry 1

Note: Use as a quantifier might suggest that this was the original function of hella, though attestations in this sense are later and less common.

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“Hella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hella. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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