Definition of heck in English:



  • 1Expressing surprise, frustration, or dismay.

    ‘oh heck, I can't for the life of me remember’
    • ‘Yes, its not so original, but heck, I am sure you can relate to it.’
    • ‘But heck, most women just buy them in quantity because they're gorgeous.’
    • ‘But heck, it's fun, and if you've seen the movie, then you'd probably be interested in taking the test, too.’
    • ‘OK, so we know it's bad to sunbathe, we have read about the damage to our skin, but heck, as soon as the sun shines it's out with the deck chair and face in full rays.’
    • ‘Flipping heck, dash it, and crumbs - I think I'm becoming a potty mouth.’
    • ‘I was going to quote only a part of it, but heck, it's all relevant so here it is.’
    • ‘I'm not sure the neighbours were too impressed, but heck - I was worshipping!’
    • ‘I can remember my mother going out in a see-through top 10 days after my sister was born and I thought, blinking heck.’
    • ‘Flippin heck, this is in another class altogether.’
    • ‘Don's family always remembers my birthday - heck, his mom even sends me a check each year.’
    • ‘It's not an easy book, but, heck, there are plenty of easy books around.’
    • ‘The temptation to take a train to Stockholm… heck, even to Zagreb just seemed fascinating to me.’
    • ‘I surprised my parents, heck I even surprised Mrs. Morgan, the old lady next door.’
    • ‘I'm sure many of these places could find new life - heck, I'd happily take a few over, renovate and re-use!’
    • ‘So, it may not be fruitful to do something like that, but heck, I'd try it.’
    • ‘But heck, I couldn't image pressing the 90 lb that I now do, a couple of years ago.’
    • ‘It worked almost too well, resistance was indeed futile, but heck, they probably could've swore at me and the results would have been similar.’
    • ‘At Swedish weddings, the custom is to toast the bride, groom, bridesmaids and, well heck, anyone else who catches your eye, with schnapps.’
    • ‘Oh heck, it could even be a combination of all the reasons.’
    • ‘I'm sure I'm making more of this than the event was worth but, heck, that's what weblogs are for.’
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    1. 1.1the heck Used for emphasis in questions and exclamations.
      ‘what the heck's the matter?’
      • ‘It shouldn't have taken mother that long to cook dinner, no matter what the heck she wanted to stick down my throat.’
      • ‘Because in the final analysis the political is political and the truth of the matter is the personal should stay the heck out of it.’
      • ‘Which begs the question: where the heck was Miller the first four weeks of the season?’
      • ‘Jen mentions Jason's big question - how the heck do bloggers have the time to write so much stuff?’
      • ‘Dex looked at me and gave a freaked out smile as to say where the heck did that question come from after one creepy long stare?’
      • ‘Just one question though - why the heck do they photoshop these girls so much?’
      • ‘But it mattered not, because wherever the heck we were, the place contained a charity shop!’
      • ‘And who the heck was this beautiful, poisonous woman, for that matter?’
      • ‘So the real question may be why the heck are we using corks to seal wine bottles anyway?’
      • ‘The only question was, what the heck was she supposed to do about it?’
      • ‘So, my question is: does that columnist know what the heck he is talking about?’
      • ‘All that was going through my mind was a question asking what the heck he was doing.’
      • ‘She was just about to ask why the heck it should matter to him, when a scream of pain came from behind her.’
      • ‘The question to ask is: What the heck does this have to do with being a glorified catalog retailer?’
      • ‘Which brings up the inevitable question: What the heck has Bob been doing?’
      • ‘One question remains to this day: what the heck was Hawk doing during those 10 years?’
      • ‘He didn't really think they were ugly, but why the heck did she ask a question like that?’
      • ‘I looked at my parents questionably and wondered what the heck they could've been talking about.’
      • ‘The question ruminating in my mind was: How the heck did they get all this?’
    2. 1.2a heck of a — Used for emphasis in various statements or exclamations.
      ‘it was a heck of a lot of money’
      • ‘This was going to be one heck of a frustrating experience for the both of them.’
      • ‘He's funny, sexy as hell, a heck of a nice guy, unmarried, good values, yadda yadda.’
      • ‘That's one heck of a fat lip.’
      • ‘That seems like a heck of a lot of money to sit on your butt all day.’


Late 19th century (originally northern English dialect): euphemistic alteration of hell.