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heck

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[hek]
interjection
  1. (used as a mild expression of annoyance, rejection, disgust, etc.): What the heck do you care?
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noun
  1. 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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Idioms
  1. as heck (used as a mild intensifier): I say he's guilty as heck.
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Origin of heck

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First recorded in 1850–55; euphemistic alteration of hell

heck

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[hek]
noun
  1. a comblike attachment on a loom, for guiding the warp threads as they are dressed for the warp beam.
  2. a device that guides yarn onto the bobbin of a spinning wheel.
  3. a gridlike arrangement of glass or metal rods below the hooks on a Jacquard loom, used for lifting all harness eyes equally or evenly.
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Origin of heck

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1300–50; Middle English hekke, Old English hecc, variant of hæcc hatch2
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Examples from the Web for heck

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Historical Examples of heck

  • Music and refresh––no, by heck, that sounds too wet and not solid enough.

    Rim o' the World

    B. M. Bower

  • Heck, she did it in such a way that I couldn't help ogling a bit myself.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • At this point I stopped and asked myself what the heck I thought I was trying to do.

    Highways in Hiding

    George Oliver Smith

  • Wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhy where the heck did you come from?

    Free Air

    Sinclair Lewis

  • Like to see Vedrines fly, and the Louvre and the gay grisettes too by heck!

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis


British Dictionary definitions for heck

heck

1
interjection
  1. a mild exclamation of surprise, irritation, etc
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Word Origin for heck

C19: euphemistic for hell

heck

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noun
  1. Northern English dialect a frame for obstructing the passage of fish in a river
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Word Origin for heck

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

euphemistic alteration of hell, first recorded 1865.

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