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hella

adverb \ ˈhe-lə \

Definition of hella

slang
:very, extremely
  • And though she's excited, she's also hella scared.
  • —Mimi ValdesVibeOctober 2002
  • If you need someone to impress kids with a hella loud motorcycle, great.
  • —Kase WickmanMTV News17 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)


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hella

adjective \ ˈhe-lə \

Definition of hella

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 Wilderquoted in The Dallas Morning News3 May 2015

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Origin and Etymology of hella

probably after1hella
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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