hell

[ hel ]
/ hɛl /

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
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British Dictionary definitions for what the hell

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
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Cultural definitions for what the 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 what the hell (1 of 2)

what the hell

1

It's not important, who cares, as in It cost a lot more, but what the hell, we can afford it. [Second half of 1800s] Also see what of it.

2

An intensive of what, as in What the hell do you think you're doing? [First half of 1800s] Also see under on earth.

Idioms and Phrases with what the hell (2 of 2)

hell

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