Helluva



[hel-uh-vuh] /ˈhɛl ə və/

adjective, adverb, Pronunciation Spelling.
1.
hell of a (used as an intensifier): We had a helluva time getting through the heavy traffic.
She’s a helluva good player!
/ˈhɛləvə/
adverb, adjective (informal)
1.
(intensifier): a helluva difficult job, he’s a helluva guy
2.
(South African) (intensifier): it’s helluva tough out here
adj.

1910, attempt to represent the casual pronunciation of expression hell of a _____, which is attested from 1776 (see hell).

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