Green’s Dictionary of Slang

hell! excl.

also by hell! hell and...! hellfire! hell up! ’sdeath and hell!

a general expletive.

[UK]Jonson Case Is Altered III i: Mischief and hell! what is this man?
[UK]Tourneur Revenger’s Tragedy (1967) III vi: Hell and torments!
[UK]Massinger Virgin-Martyr IV i: doct.: Let him have some music. anton.: Hell on your fiddling!
[UK]W. Cartwright Ordinary IV i: Hell! — Death! — Damn’d luck!
[UK]Dryden An Evening’s Love IV i: Hell and Furies!
[UK]F. Fane Love in the Dark I i: Hell and Damnation!
[UK]Etherege Man of Mode II i: And dare you own it to my face? Hell and furies!
[[UK]Rochester (attrib.) Sodom IV v: virtuoso: My power long since was in yt puddle drowned: / Loe and behold my seed lies on ye ground. fuckadilla: Hell on’t, tis soe [she seemes ill disposed] Oh madam, I’me Curst].
[UK]Cibber Woman’s Wit III vii: S’death and Hell! Sir! you don’t think I’ll take this?
[UK]Cibber She Would and She Would Not IV i: Death! and Hell!
[UK]Farquhar Beaux’ Strategem V iii: Sir Charles Freeman! ’sdeath and hell! my old acquaintance.
[UK]J. Ralph Sawney 25: Death! Hell! and Furies!
[UK]C. Coffey Boarding-School 25: Hell and Fire!
[UK]Smollett Peregrine Pickle (1964) 379: By hell and brimstone!
[UK]H. Cowley Belle’s Stratagem IV ii: Hell and ten thousand furies seize you all together!
[UK]‘T.B. Junr.’ Pettyfogger Dramatized II vi: Hell and Furies!
[US]Lafitte 30: ‘Hell and furies!’ cried he.
[US]Whip & Satirist of NY & Brooklyn (NY) 2 Apr. n.p.: H— and scissors, yelled C—.
[US]L.H. Medina Nick of the Woods III ii: By hell, to be thus braved by a puny girl!
[US]S. Northup Twelve Years A Slave 59: New-York! H--l! what have you been doing up there?
[UK]Wild Boys of London I 263/2: ‘Hell!’ he said, with a sudden outburst.
[UK]G.J. Whyte-Melville White Rose 178: By h-ll, I will!
[US]F. Francis Jr Saddle and Mocassin 172: If they catch you altering a brand – hell! that’s a penitentiary job.
[US]Eve. Star (Wash., DC) 2 Aug. 11/2: ‘Hell and blazes!’ exclaimed the driver.
[US]F. Harris ‘The Sheriff and His Partner’ Elder Conklin & Other Stories (1895) 98: ‘Hell!’ There was savage rage and menace in the exclamation.
[UK]Marvel 22 Oct. 2: Hellup! Why you clumped on my toes.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Half A Man’ in Chisholm (1951) 105: Smith makes a funny noise, an’ I sez, ‘Ell!’.
[UK]‘Sapper’ Bulldog Drummond 165: Hell! [...] I thought we might get something out of him.
[UK]Marvel 10 July 3: Hellup! Here are two, my dear old flounder!
Decatur Herald (IL) 12 Apr. 8/1: He’s not the breezy, jovial ‘Hell ’n Maria’ Dawes who was the despair of a [...] investigating committtee.
[UK]‘George Orwell’ Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 141: Dey makes you say a lot o’ bloody prayers after; but hell! It all passes de time away.
[US]J. Weidman What’s In It For Me? 16: ‘Yeah, but hell, Mr Bogen,’ he said.
[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 291: Six month’s, hell, what am I gonna do for tonight?
[US]‘Hal Ellson’ Tomboy (1952) 24: Hell, it’s great to have money in your pockets.
[US]D. Ponicsan Last Detail 122: Well, hellfire, I’m happy to be in your company.
[US]S. Ace Stand On It (1979) 158: ‘Hellfire,’ the old man would say.
[US]Cab Calloway Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 49: Hell, everybody’s made mistakes.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 19: Oh, hell! I don’t know.
[US]Simon & Burns Corner (1998) 11: Hell, a working, viable caper is to be celebrated.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 46: Hell, he didn’t even like cigarettes.
[US]C. Carr Our Town 284: ‘That’s right,’ Dusty concurred. ‘And hell, they come to his door, and he’d run ’em off.’.

In exclamations

— hell!

see separate entry.

hell no!

an excl. of denial, absolutely not!

[US]E. Anderson Thieves Like Us (1999) 60: Hell no, you black bastard.
[US]H. Rap Brown Die Nigger Die! 56: I resented somebody telling me I couldn’t eat at a certain place. It wasn’t that I wanted to eat there. Hell no!
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 121: ‘So you sent him to the dog track, right?’ ‘Hell no, man. I sent him to see my cousin.’.
[US]L. Pettiway Workin’ It 147: My mother wasn’t religious. Hell no. Shit. No way.
hell yes! (also hell yeah!)

an affirmative excl.

[US]B. Jackson Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 186: People asked had the Titanic gone down. / Shine said, ‘Hell, yeah.’.
[US]H.S. Thompson Hell’s Angels (1967) 92: Hell, yes, I’ll take a blow-job any day for ten bucks.
[US]D. Burke Street Talk 2.
[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 puffy Definition: 1:to be getting oral sex. Example: Aw hell yeah! You know that I’m loving that puffy, girl.
[US]B. Coleman Check the Technique 170: ‘She chose the groups who would appear on In Living Color and we were like “Oh, hell yeah!”’.