helluva

[ hel-uh-vuh ]

adjective, adverbInformal.
  1. hell of a (used as an intensifier): We had a helluva time getting through the heavy traffic.She's a helluva good player!

Origin of helluva

1
First recorded in 1915–20; a phonetic spelling representation of hell of a in continuous rapid speech

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British Dictionary definitions for helluva

helluva

/ (ˈhɛləvə) /


adverb, adjectiveinformal
  1. (intensifier): a helluva difficult job; he's a helluva guy

  2. Southern African (intensifier): it's helluva tough out here

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