hel·​la·​cious | \ ˌhe-ˈlā-shəs How to pronounce hellacious (audio) \

Definition of hellacious

1 : exceptionally powerful or violent
2 : remarkably good
3 : extremely difficult
4 : extraordinarily large

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from hellacious

hellaciously adverb

Examples of hellacious in a Sentence

Traffic is hellacious this time of day. the hellacious heat was more than we could bear
Recent Examples on the Web Mostert, who runs upright and doesn’t shy from contact, might lead NFL running backs in an unofficial stat: most hellacious hits absorbed. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2021 But fishing boats will collide in the fog on Frenchman Bay, a fire truck will end up at the bottom of the harbor, and the gang will get caught in a hellacious lightning storm atop Cadillac Mountain. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Apr. 2021 Russell Westbrook is hellacious to officials, so is Draymond Green. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 Many Bostonians have shared tales of hellacious rides, or delays, on the MBTA. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2021 The last time Oregon lost by 14 or more points also came at USC (66-49) on Feb. 21, 2019, as part of hellacious trip to Los Angeles. oregonlive, 24 Feb. 2021 The reality for the rest of college football is this hellacious team that averaged just shy of 50 points per game is merely a culmination of what Alabama had been building for the last three years. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2021 Over the past 40 years, a range of subsequent HR policies have sought to undo this progress and, in the process, made working in government hellacious. Danah Boyd, Wired, 23 Dec. 2020 Great job, Garrett Gilbert, just hanging in, taking all those shots from the NFL's most hellacious pass rush, making a game of it when everyone thought this would be a home embarrassment for Jerry Jones. Dallas News, 9 Nov. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hellacious.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hellacious

1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hellacious

hell + -acious (as in audacious)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hellacious

Time Traveler for hellacious

Time Traveler

The first known use of hellacious was in 1929

See more words from the same year

Statistics for hellacious

Last Updated

5 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Hellacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellacious. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hellacious



English Language Learners Definition of hellacious

chiefly US, informal : very difficult, large, or powerful

More from Merriam-Webster on hellacious

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for hellacious


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!