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[hek] /hɛk/
interjection
1.
(used as a mild expression of annoyance, rejection, disgust, etc.):
What the heck do you care?
noun
2.
something remarkable of its kind (usually used in the phrase heck of a):
That was a heck of an impressive speech. Have one heck of a good time.
Idioms
3.
as heck, (used as a mild intensifier):
I say he's guilty as heck.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; euphemistic alteration of hell

heck2

[hek] /hɛk/
noun
1.
a comblike attachment on a loom, for guiding the warp threads as they are dressed for the warp beam.
2.
a device that guides yarn onto the bobbin of a spinning wheel.
3.
a gridlike arrangement of glass or metal rods below the hooks on a Jacquard loom, used for lifting all harness eyes equally or evenly.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English hekke, Old English hecc, variant of hæcc hatch2
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Examples from the web for heck
  • These solitary salamanders don't move a whole heck of a lot once they get comfortable.
  • Earl knew when and how to surprise the heck out of the listener.
  • The house is hot as heck so you have a fan cooling a room.
  • Make a billion or a trillion, heck you will have earned it.
  • It is not going to happen overnight, but it makes a heck of a lot of sense.
  • heck, they are pasteurizing or irradiating everything that isn't pre-cooked.
  • heck, they don't even make bank buildings as large as they used to, another technology and cost savings driven decision.
  • It was high stress even for experts who are supposed to know what the heck the thing was doing.
  • That's a heck of a lot lower than in previous years.
  • heck, she'd probably be content to have health insurance.
British Dictionary definitions for heck

heck1

/hɛk/
interjection
1.
a mild exclamation of surprise, irritation, etc
Word Origin
C19: euphemistic for hell

heck2

/hɛk/
noun
1.
(Northern English, dialect) a frame for obstructing the passage of fish in a river
Word Origin
C14: variant of hatch²
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Word Origin and History for heck

euphemistic alteration of hell, first recorded 1865.

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Slang definitions & phrases for heck

heck

interjection

hell (1887+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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