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.

Idioms

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
Related formshell-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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Word Origin and History for what the hell

hell


n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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


In addition to the idioms beginning with hell

  • hell has no fury like a woman scorned
  • hell of a
  • hell on wheels
  • hell or high water, come
  • hell to pay

also see:

  • (all hell) break loose
  • devil (hell) of a
  • for the hell of it
  • give someone hell
  • go to hell
  • hot as hell
  • like a bat out of hell
  • like hell
  • mad as a hornet (hell)
  • not a hope in hell
  • raise Cain (hell)
  • road to hell is paved with good intentions
  • shot to hell
  • snowball's chance in hell
  • till hell freezes over
  • to hell and gone
  • to hell with
  • what the hell
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