Definition of heck exclamation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



exclamation, noun
BrE BrE//hek//
; NAmE NAmE//hek//
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  • used to show that you are slightly annoyed or surprised Oh heck, I'm going to be late! Heck! You’re here early! We had to wait a heck of a long time! Who the heck are you?
  • Word Originlate 19th cent. (originally northern English dialect): euphemistic alteration of hell.Idioms (informal) just for pleasure rather than for a reason (informal) used to say that you are going to do something that you know you should not do It means I'll be late for work but what the heck!
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heck