the hell

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English[edit]

Adverb[edit]

the hell ‎(not comparable)

  1. (mildly vulgar) Used to indicate emphatic rejection of an assertion.
    A: I can run faster than a horse.
    B: The hell you can!
  2. (mildly vulgar) Expletive used for emphasis after an interrogative term or relative pronoun.
    • 2009 February 19, Gareth Lewis, Southern Daily Echo:
      "Whoever the hell is running the place now has made a terrible mess of it," he said... "Not in the sense that it looks different, or that it isn't pretty much permanently full. It's just that the food as gone utterly down the khazi."
    What the hell was that?

Synonyms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

the hell

  1. (mildly vulgar) Short for what the hell: an exclamation indicating surprise or dismay.