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heller1

[hel-er]
noun Informal.
  1. a noisy, rowdy, troublesome person; hellion.
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Origin of heller1

1890–95, Americanism; short for hell-raiser

heller2

[hel-er]
noun, plural hel·lers, hel·ler.
  1. a former coin of various German states, usually equal to half a pfennig.
  2. a former bronze coin of Austria, the 100th part of a korona.
  3. haler(def 2).
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Origin of heller2

1565–75; < German, Middle High German haller, heller, after Schwäbisch Hall Swabian town where they were orig. minted; see -er1

Heller

[hel-er]
noun
  1. Joseph,1923–99, U.S. novelist.
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Examples from the Web for heller

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  • “I will give you fifty heller apiece for a couple of them,” said Abbleway with some enthusiasm.

  • "This is a heller of a river," Kirby expressed his opinion forcibly.

    Ride Proud, Rebel!

    Andre Alice Norton

  • Heller had been out in the swamp in front of the camp and had shot some ducks for luncheon.

    In Africa

    John T. McCutcheon

  • I have never held any particular fondness for Heller for instance.

  • This here's Heller: that's Zwanziger: all of us Vons, every soul!


British Dictionary definitions for heller

heller1

noun plural -ler
  1. a monetary unit of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, worth one hundredth of a koruna
  2. any of various old German or Austrian coins of low denomination
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Word Origin

from German haller a silver coin, after Hall, town in Swabia where the coins were minted

heller2

noun
  1. another word for hellion
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Heller

noun
  1. Joseph. 1923–99, US novelist. His works include Catch 22 (1961), God Knows (1984), Picture This (1988), and Closing Time (1994)
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Word Origin and History for heller

n.

former small coin of Austria and Germany, 1570s, from German Heller, from Middle High German haller, short for haller pfennic "penny coined in Hall" in Swabia (cf. dollar).

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