Definition of heck in English:


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Pronunciation: /hɛk


1Expressing surprise, frustration, or dismay: oh heck, I can’t for the life of me remember
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  • I surprised my parents, heck I even surprised Mrs. Morgan, the old lady next door.
  • Flipping heck, dash it, and crumbs - I think I'm becoming a potty mouth.
  • Flippin heck, this is in another class altogether.
1.1 (the heck) Used for emphasis in questions and exclamations: what the heck’s the matter?
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  • Jen mentions Jason's big question - how the heck do bloggers have the time to write so much stuff?
  • Which brings up the inevitable question: What the heck has Bob been doing?
  • Dex looked at me and gave a freaked out smile as to say where the heck did that question come from after one creepy long stare?
1.2 (a heck of a ——) Used for emphasis in various statements or exclamations: it was a heck of a lot of money
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  • This was going to be one heck of a frustrating experience for the both of them.
  • He's funny, sexy as hell, a heck of a nice guy, unmarried, good values, yadda yadda.
  • That seems like a heck of a lot of money to sit on your butt all day.


late 19th century (originally northern English dialect): euphemistic alteration of hell.

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