Definitions

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  • adj. Intensifier, signifies an abundance of a thing; much or many.
  • adv. Intensifier (modifies verbs); to a large extent; totally; very much.
  • adv. Intensifier (modifies adjectives); to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly.
  • interj. For sure; totally; hell yeah; used as a strong affirmation of something that was just said, accomplished, or revealed.
  • Elision of "hell of".
  • Elision of "the hell of".
  • Elision of "hell have"

Etymologies

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Altered from intensifier hella (originally Northern California slang). See also Wikipedia:Hella (word).

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Shortened form, or elision, of phrases like "hell of" or "hell have", approximating casual speech in writing.

Examples

  • In fact, it was a helluv a lot better than I expected it to be.

    Warhound

  • Had a helluv an argument with my Mum, and have felt very unsupported in my pain the past two days.

    21st January '06

  • I'm helluv hungover, so yeah, thanks to everyone who came down last night.

    inbred Diary Entry

  • All the Say... replies are done, it's shaping up to be a helluv-an-issue.

    Archive 2003-03-01

  • I almost yanked an alarm just for the helluv it after it was already going off.

    Technicalities

  • We saw quick thinking, clean delivery of lines and a helluv a lot of walking and talking.

    Irish Blogs

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