hell·​hole ˈhel-ˌhōl How to pronounce hellhole (audio)
: a place of extreme misery or squalor

Example Sentences

The factory is a hellhole. his first apartment was a hellhole in an unsafe neighborhood
Recent Examples on the Web Reject this plan and you’ll be stuck with the Penn Station hellhole for eternity. Curbed, 26 Jan. 2022 Brittney Griner is in a hellhole at the IK-2 penal colony in Mordovia, located several hundred miles from Moscow. Mike Freeman, USA TODAY, 30 Nov. 2022 The franchise is back with a new season set in the hellhole that was 1980s NYC. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2022 And yet, for a hellhole, people seem to really like this place. oregonlive, 22 Aug. 2022 This was always something of a bold opinion, given that Twitter has–for a very long time—been a joyless hellhole. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 14 July 2022 Back when the crew worked in a tiny, scorching hellhole of a kitchen. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 12 May 2022 But people like Tucker Carlson spend their time saying that America is a hellhole, awash in immigrants. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2021 Sharon, Pancake and Shortie were out of the hellhole and on the road to Norfolk, asleep. Gene Weingarten, Washington Post, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hellhole was in 1850

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“Hellhole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hellhole. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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