Heck definition

hĕk
Used as an intensive.

What the heck is going on?

noun
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An outstanding or noteworthy example.

She has a heck of a lot of money.

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Heck is defined as another, more polite way to say hell, an expression of surprise or anger.

An example of heck is the saying, “What the heck?” instead of “What the hell?”

interjection
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The bolt or latch of a door.
noun
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(weaving) An apparatus for separating the threads of warps into sets, as they are wound upon the reel from the bobbins, in a warping machine.
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(euphemistic) Hell.

What the heck are you doing?

interjection
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(euphemistic) Hell.

You can go to heck as far as I'm concerned.

noun
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A rack for cattle to feed at.
noun
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A latticework contrivance for catching fish.
noun
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A door, especially one partly of latticework.

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A bend or winding of a stream.
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Used as a mild oath.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
heck
Plural:
hecks

Origin of heck

  • Alteration of hell

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • See hatch (“a half door”).

    From Wiktionary