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heck

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[ hek ]
/ hɛk /
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interjection

(used as a mild expression of annoyance, rejection, disgust, etc.): What the heck do you care?

noun

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.

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Nearby words

hecatomb, hechsher, hecht, hecht's pneumonia, hecht, ben, heck, heckelphone, heckle, heckler, heckuva, hect-

Idioms

    as heck (used as a mild intensifier): I say he's guilty as heck.

Origin of heck

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First recorded in 1850–55; euphemistic alteration of hell

Definition for heck (2 of 2)

heck

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[ hek ]
/ hɛk /

noun

a comblike attachment on a loom, for guiding the warp threads as they are dressed for the warp beam.
a device that guides yarn onto the bobbin of a spinning wheel.
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 of heck

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1300–50; Middle English hekke, Old English hecc, variant of hæcc hatch2
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British Dictionary definitions for heck (1 of 2)

heck

1
/ (hɛk) /

interjection

a mild exclamation of surprise, irritation, etc

Word Origin for heck

C19: euphemistic for hell

British Dictionary definitions for heck (2 of 2)

heck

2
/ (hɛk) /

noun

Northern English dialect a frame for obstructing the passage of fish in a river

Word Origin for heck

C14: variant of hatch ²
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Word Origin and History for heck

heck


euphemistic alteration of hell, first recorded 1865.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper