Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[hel-uh-vuh] /ˈhɛl ə və/
adjective, adverb, Pronunciation Spelling.
hell of a (used as an intensifier): We had a helluva time getting through the heavy traffic.
She's a helluva good player!
See also hell (def 7), heck1 (def 2).
Origin of helluva
First recorded in 1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for helluva
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Orkins might be the forefather of a new race—a helluva race.

    The Whispering Spheres Russell Robert Winterbotham
  • "Your wife took a helluva chance, Gordon," Trench said heavily.

    Police Your Planet Lester del Rey
  • And a helluva recommendation we would get from him, too, I bet yer!

    Elkan Lubliner, American Montague Glass
  • It's a helluva risk every time you make a shot, in spite of all the propaganda.

    Tight Squeeze Dean Charles Ing
  • But that would still be one helluva lot better than letting millions of acre feet just seep out to sea.

    The Thirst Quenchers Rick Raphael
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
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for helluva

Word Value for helluva

Scrabble Words With Friends