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heck1

[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 of heck1
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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  • Snedeker addressed the youth, "Ain't he a heck of a emmy-grant, Ellis?"

    The Lost Wagon James Arthur Kjelgaard
  • Music and refresh––no, by heck, that sounds too wet and not solid enough.

    Rim o' the World B. M. Bower
  • It had done her a heck of a lot of good, which was to be expected of such nonsense.

    The Sky Is Falling Lester del Rey
  • heck, she did it in such a way that I couldn't help ogling a bit myself.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
  • The way those planes are parked up there we could get off before they knew what the heck was going on!

    Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal Robert Sydney Bowen
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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