hell: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (hel), [key]
- the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the abode of evil and condemned spirits; Gehenna or Tartarus.
- any place or state of torment or misery: They made their father's life a hell on earth.
- something that causes torment or misery: Having that cut stitched without anesthesia was hell.
- the powers of evil.
- the abode of the dead; Sheol or Hades.
- extreme disorder or confusion; chaos: The children let both dogs into the house, and all hell broke loose.
- heck (def. 2).
- a receptacle into which a tailor throws scraps.
- Also calleda box into which a printer throws discarded type.
- the utterance of “hell” in swearing or for emphasis.
- These country roads are hell on tires.
- to be unpleasant to or painful for.
- to be harmful to:These country roads are hell on tires.
- For the hell of it, let's just get on the next bus and see where it takes us.
- to see what will happen; for adventure, fun, excitement, etc.:For the hell of it, let's just get on the next bus and see where it takes us.
- with no particular purpose; for no special reason:I called him up for the hell of it, and he offered me a job.
- to suffer a scolding; receive a harsh reprimand: We'll get hell from our parents for staying out so late again.
- to reprimand or reproach severely.
- See(def. 2).
- extremely demanding, fast-paced, aggressive, effective, or the like: The new job is hell on wheels. Our sales staff is hell on wheels when it comes to getting the most out of every account.
- We ran like hell to get home before the storm. She tried like hell to get him to change his mind.
- with great speed, effort, intensity, etc.:We ran like hell to get home before the storm. She tried like hell to get him to change his mind.
- (used sarcastically or ironically to express the opposite of what is being stated):He says the motor will never break down? Like hell it won't!
- to deal recklessly with; bring injury or harm to: Snowstorms played hell with the flow of city traffic.
- She'll raise hell when she sees what your rabbit has done to her garden.
- to indulge in wild celebration.
- to create an uproar; object violently to:She'll raise hell when she sees what your rabbit has done to her garden.
- Why the hell can't the trains run on time?
- (used as an intensifier to express surprise, anger, impatience, etc.):Why the hell can't the trains run on time?
- (used sarcastically or ironically to express the opposite of what is being stated):Are you listening to me? The hell you are!
- (used to express dismissal, rejection, contempt, disappointment, or the like): If we have to walk five miles to see the view, the hell with it! He wouldn't even speak to me, so to hell with him!
- (used to express lack of concern or worry, indifference, abandonment, surrender, etc.): As long as you're borrowing $100, what the hell, borrow $200.
- (used to express surprise, irritation, disgust, etc.)
- to live or act in a wild or dissolute manner: All they cared about was drinking and helling around.
Pronunciation: (hēl unstressed ēl, hil, il), [key]
- contraction of he will.
- hell (Thesaurus)