Heck usually only replaces hell in idiomatic expressions or as a generic intensifier or vulgarity. It is only rarely, and for intentionally jocular effect, used an euphemism for the actual concept of hell.
- See under hell.
See hatch (“a half door”).
heck (plural hecks)
- The bolt or latch of a door.
- A rack for cattle to feed at.
- A door, especially one partly of latticework.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)
- A latticework contrivance for catching fish.
- (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.
- A bend or winding of a stream.
- heck in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- heck in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- heck at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Alternative form of