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!

adverb, adjective informal

  1. (intensifier)a helluva difficult job; he’s a helluva guy
  2. Southern African (intensifier)it’s helluva tough out here

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

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