it often replaces the word very, extremly or a lot. popular slang term in northern and central california and may be used nation wide. it came from the expression "hell of a" contracted into one word.
"That shit was hella cool!" or "There was hella people at the show last night"
or "that was hella fucking stupid"
used in reggae and in some songs by sublime. eventually became a slang for marijuana.
time for my budabai, cuz its time to get high!
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