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hell

[ hel ]
/ hɛl /
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noun

interjection

(used to express surprise, irritation, disgust, etc.)

Verb Phrases

hell around, Slang. to live or act in a wild or dissolute manner: All they cared about was drinking and helling around.

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Idioms for hell

Origin of hell

before 900; Middle English, Old English hel(l); cognate with Old High German hell(i)a (German Hölle), Old Norse hel,Gothic halja; akin to Old English helan to cover, hide, and to hull2

OTHER WORDS FROM hell

hell-like, adjective

Definition for hell (2 of 2)

he'll
[ heel; unstressed eel, hil, il ]
/ hil; unstressed il, hɪl, ɪl /

contraction of he will.

usage note for he'll

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH he'll

heal, heel, he'll
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British Dictionary definitions for hell (1 of 2)

hell
/ (hɛl) /

noun

interjection

informal an exclamation of anger, annoyance, surprise, etc (Also in exclamations such as hell's bells, hell's teeth, etc)

Word Origin for hell

Old English hell; related to helan to cover, Old Norse hel, Gothic halja hell, Old High German hella

British Dictionary definitions for hell (2 of 2)

he'll
/ (hiːl, unstressed iːl, hɪl, ɪl) /

contraction of

he will or he shall
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Cultural definitions for hell

hell

The dwelling place of Satan, devils, and wicked souls condemned to eternal punishment after death; a place of pain and torment. (Compare heaven.)

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Idioms and Phrases with hell

hell

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