helluva

[ hel-uh-vuh ]
/ ˈhɛl ə və /
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adjective, adverb Pronunciation Spelling.

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

Nearby words

  1. hellman,
  2. hellman, lillian,
  3. hello,
  4. hello money,
  5. hells canyon,
  6. helm,
  7. helm port,
  8. helmand,
  9. helmer,
  10. helmet


Origin of helluva

First recorded in 1915–20

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British Dictionary definitions for helluva

helluva

/ (ˈhɛləvə) /

adverb, adjective informal

(intensifier)a helluva difficult job; he's a helluva guy
Southern African (intensifier)it's helluva tough out here
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Word Origin and History for helluva

helluva

adj.

1910, attempt to represent the casual pronunciation of expression hell of a _____, which is attested from 1776 (see hell).

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