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Meaning of heck by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /hɛk/
      Rhymes: -ɛk



    1. ( euphemism ) Hell .
      What the heck are you doing?


    heck ( uncountable )

    1. ( euphemism ) Hell .
      You can go to heck as far as I'm concerned .


    See under hell

    Derived terms

    • Oh my heck!

    External links

    • heck in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • heck in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • heck at OneLook Dictionary Search

Definition of heck by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Heck n. [See Hatch a half door.] [Written also hack.]
    1. The bolt or latch of a door. [Prov. Eng.]

    2. A rack for cattle to feed at. [Prov. Eng.]

    3. A door, especially one partly of latticework; -- called also heck door. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

    4. A latticework contrivance for catching fish.

    5. ( Weaving ) An apparatus for separating the threads of warps into sets, as they are wound upon the reel from the bobbins, in a warping machine.

    6. A bend or winding of a stream. [Prov. Eng.]

    Half heck, the lower half of a door. -- Heck board, the loose board at the bottom or back of a cart. -- Heck box or Heck frame, that which carries the heck in warping.

  2. Heck n. hell; -- a euphemism. Used commonly in the phrase “What the heck”. [Colloq.]