See also: Hella, hellä, Hellä, hélla, and hella-

English

 
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Etymology 1

Related to "a hell of a". Originally Northern California slang. Compare helluv, helluva.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈhɛl.ə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛlə

Determiner

hella

  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) Intensifier, signifies an abundance of a thing; much or many.
    There are hella people here.
    • 2016, Life Is Strange, spoken by Chloe Price (Ashly Burch), Square Enix, via Dontnod Entertainment:
      Now, let’s talk bidness.
      I got nothing for you.
      Wrong. You got hella cash.
    • 2023 August 20, Kelefa Sanneh, quoting Fatimah Nyeema Warner, “Noname’s Ambivalent, Triumphant Comeback”, in The New Yorker[1], →ISSN:
      (“We practiced it hella times, but it’s new, and I can’t really get it on top of the music yet,” she explained.)
Synonyms
  • (intensifier; much or many): bare, mad

Pronoun

hella

  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) A lot; very much.
    We paid hella for that Chinese cuisine.

Adverb

hella (not comparable)

  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) Intensifier, modifying verbs; to a large extent; totally; very much.
    I can't tell you how much I hella love the new track.
    Jane was driving away, and the door was open, so I hella ran for it.
    Oh, today's Cyrell's bday. We hella sang her happy birthday at the spot.
  2. (slang, potentially considered vulgar, chiefly regional US, African-American Vernacular and Internet slang) Intensifier, modifying adjectives; to a large degree; extremely; exceedingly.
    I guess she seems hella stoned in her commercial.
    I've been a Star Wars fan since I was hella young.
Synonyms
  • (extremely, modifies adjectives): wicked (especially northeastern US)

Interjection

hella

  1. (slang, chiefly Northern California) For sure; totally; hell yeah; used as a strong affirmation of something that was just said, accomplished, or revealed.
    "We definitely rocked that shit man!"
    "Hella!"

Related terms

Quotations

Etymology 2

Shortened form, or elision, of phrases like "hell have", approximating casual speech in writing.

Contraction

hella

  1. (nonstandard) Contraction of Hell have.
    Where the hella you been?

References

  • Waksler, Rachelle (San Francisco State University), "A HELLA New Specifier". [2]

Anagrams

Finnish

Etymology

Borrowed from Swedish häll.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈhelːɑ/, [ˈhe̞lːɑ̝]
  • Rhymes: -elːɑ
  • Syllabification(key): hel‧la

Noun

hella

  1. range, stove (for cooking, sometimes specifically a wood-powered stove)
    Synonym: liesi
  2. (colloquial) oven
    Synonym: uuni

Declension

Inflection of hella (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
nominative hella hellat
genitive hellan hellojen
partitive hellaa helloja
illative hellaan helloihin
singular plural
nominative hella hellat
accusative nom. hella hellat
gen. hellan
genitive hellan hellojen
hellainrare
partitive hellaa helloja
inessive hellassa helloissa
elative hellasta helloista
illative hellaan helloihin
adessive hellalla helloilla
ablative hellalta helloilta
allative hellalle helloille
essive hellana helloina
translative hellaksi helloiksi
abessive hellatta helloitta
instructive helloin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of hella (Kotus type 9/kala, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative hellani hellani
accusative nom. hellani hellani
gen. hellani
genitive hellani hellojeni
hellainirare
partitive hellaani hellojani
inessive hellassani helloissani
elative hellastani helloistani
illative hellaani helloihini
adessive hellallani helloillani
ablative hellaltani helloiltani
allative hellalleni helloilleni
essive hellanani helloinani
translative hellakseni helloikseni
abessive hellattani helloittani
instructive
comitative helloineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative hellasi hellasi
accusative nom. hellasi hellasi
gen. hellasi
genitive hellasi hellojesi
hellaisirare
partitive hellaasi hellojasi
inessive hellassasi helloissasi
elative hellastasi helloistasi
illative hellaasi helloihisi
adessive hellallasi helloillasi
ablative hellaltasi helloiltasi
allative hellallesi helloillesi
essive hellanasi helloinasi
translative hellaksesi helloiksesi
abessive hellattasi helloittasi
instructive
comitative helloinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative hellamme hellamme
accusative nom. hellamme hellamme
gen. hellamme
genitive hellamme hellojemme
hellaimmerare
partitive hellaamme hellojamme
inessive hellassamme helloissamme
elative hellastamme helloistamme
illative hellaamme helloihimme
adessive hellallamme helloillamme
ablative hellaltamme helloiltamme
allative hellallemme helloillemme
essive hellanamme helloinamme
translative hellaksemme helloiksemme
abessive hellattamme helloittamme
instructive
comitative helloinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative hellanne hellanne
accusative nom. hellanne hellanne
gen. hellanne
genitive hellanne hellojenne
hellainnerare
partitive hellaanne hellojanne
inessive hellassanne helloissanne
elative hellastanne helloistanne
illative hellaanne helloihinne
adessive hellallanne helloillanne
ablative hellaltanne helloiltanne
allative hellallenne helloillenne
essive hellananne helloinanne
translative hellaksenne helloiksenne
abessive hellattanne helloittanne
instructive
comitative helloinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative hellansa hellansa
accusative nom. hellansa hellansa
gen. hellansa
genitive hellansa hellojensa
hellainsarare
partitive hellaansa hellojaan
hellojansa
inessive hellassaan
hellassansa
helloissaan
helloissansa
elative hellastaan
hellastansa
helloistaan
helloistansa
illative hellaansa helloihinsa
adessive hellallaan
hellallansa
helloillaan
helloillansa
ablative hellaltaan
hellaltansa
helloiltaan
helloiltansa
allative hellalleen
hellallensa
helloilleen
helloillensa
essive hellanaan
hellanansa
helloinaan
helloinansa
translative hellakseen
hellaksensa
helloikseen
helloiksensa
abessive hellattaan
hellattansa
helloittaan
helloittansa
instructive
comitative helloineen
helloinensa

Derived terms

compounds

Further reading

Icelandic

 
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Etymology

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Pronunciation

Noun

 
Concrete paver blocks in a circular pattern.

hella f (genitive singular hellu, nominative plural hellur)

  1. paving stone, slab, paver
    Að leggja hellur.
    To pave.

Declension

Derived terms

Verb

hella (weak verb, third-person singular past indicative hellti, supine hellt)

  1. (transitive, governs the dative) to pour
    Stundum vil ég bara hella kaffi í stóra víða skál og lepja það eins og lítill kettlingur.
    Sometimes I just want to pour coffee in a big wide bowl and lap it up like a little kitten.
  2. (transitive, governs the dative) to pour out
    Ég hellti öllu gosinu þínu.
    I poured out all your soda.

Conjugation

Derived terms

Norwegian Bokmål

Alternative forms

Noun

hella m or f

  1. definite feminine singular of helle

Norwegian Nynorsk

Noun

hella f

  1. definite singular of helle

Old Norse

Etymology 1

From Proto-Germanic *hallijǭ. Related to hallr.

Noun

hella f (genitive hellu)

  1. flat stone, slab of rock
Declension
Derived terms
Related terms
Descendants
  • Icelandic: hella
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: helle
  • Norwegian Bokmål: helle

Etymology 2

From the adjective hallr (sloping).

Verb

  • hella
    1. to pour out
    Conjugation
    Descendants

    Etymology 3

    See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

    Noun

    hella

    1. accusative plural and genitive plural of hellir

    References

    • hella”, in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press