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hella

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adverb \ˈhe-lə\

Definition of hella

slang

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of hella

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


First Known Use: 1987


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hella

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adjective \ˈhe-lə\

Definition of hella

slang

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of hella

probably after 1hella Use as a quantifier might suggest that this was the original function of hella, though attestations in this sense are later and less common.


First Known Use: 1991


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