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[hel-uh-vuh] /ˈhɛl ə və/
adjective, adverb, Pronunciation Spelling.
hell of a.
Compare heck1 (def 2).
Origin of helluva
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for helluva
  • Because it saves them having to build new power plants which cost a helluva lot of money.
  • Hey, it's a helluva lot better than those horrid billboards they plastered over famous buildings around town last year.
  • It became, suddenly, outstandingly worthwhile to earn one helluva lot of money.
  • It is a helluva game fish, fun to catch and beautiful to look at.
  • They created a helluva lot of value and a helluva a lot of jobs.
  • And, it's helluva lot better than this time last year.
  • If this is how things turn out, that's a helluva lame duck session.
British Dictionary definitions for helluva


adverb, adjective (informal)
(intensifier): a helluva difficult job, he's a helluva guy
(South African) (intensifier): it's helluva tough out here
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for helluva

1910, attempt to represent the casual pronunciation of expression hell of a _____, which is attested from 1776 (see hell).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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