Definitions

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  • Elision of "hell of".
  • Elision of "the hell of".
  • Elision of "hell have"
  • 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.

Etymologies

Shortened form, or elision, of phrases like "hell of" or "hell have", approximating casual speech in writing. (Wiktionary)
Altered from intensifier hella (originally Northern California slang). See also Wikipedia:Hella (word). (Wiktionary)

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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