hellhole

[ hel-hohl ]
/ ˈhɛlˌhoʊl /
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noun

a place totally lacking in comfort, cleanliness, order, etc.
a place or establishment noted for its illegal or immoral practices.

Nearby words

  1. helles, cape,
  2. hellespont,
  3. hellespontus,
  4. hellfire,
  5. hellgrammite,
  6. hellhound,
  7. hellin's law,
  8. hellinger,
  9. hellion,
  10. hellish

Origin of hellhole

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at hell, hole

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British Dictionary definitions for hellhole

hellhole

/ (ˈhɛlˌhəʊl) /

noun

an unpleasant or evil place
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Word Origin and History for hellhole

hellhole

n.

"the pit of Hell," late 14c., from hell + hole (n.). Meaning "unpleasant place" is from 1866.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper