Meaning of HELL in English


/ hel; NAmE / noun


[ sing. ] (usually Hell ) (used without a or the ) in some religions, the place believed to be the home of devils and where bad people go after death


[ U , sing. ] a very unpleasant experience or situation in which people suffer very much :

The last three months have been hell.

He went through hell during the trial.

Her parents made her life hell.

Being totally alone is my idea of hell on earth .


[ U ] a swear word that some people use when they are annoyed or surprised or to emphasize sth. Its use is offensive to some people :

Oh hell, I've burned the pan.

What the hell do you think you are doing?

Go to hell!

I can't really afford it, but, what the hell (= it doesn't matter) , I'll get it anyway.

He's as guilty as hell.

( NAmE )

'Do you understand?' 'Hell, no. I don't.'


- all hell broke loose

- beat / kick (the) hell out of sb/sth | knock hell out of sb/sth

- (just) for the hell of it

- from hell

- get the hell out (of ... )

- give sb hell

- go to hell in a handbasket

- hell for leather

- hell hath no fury (like a woman scorned)

- (come) hell or high water

- Hell's teeth

- like hell

- a / one hell of a ... | a / one helluva ...

- play (merry) hell with sth/sb

- scare, annoy, etc. the hell out of sb

- to hell and back

- to hell with sb/sth

—more at bat noun , cat , catch verb , hope noun , pay verb , raise verb , road , snowball noun



Old English hel , hell , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hel and German Hölle , from an Indo-European root meaning to cover or hide.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.