"Hella" is an all-purpose word. It has its roots deep in the soul (I meant to type soil, but soul works here too, haha) of Northern California. It means something along the lines of "very" or "really," but it's much more than that. It's not just a word, but a statement of cultural identification, of a long-standing bond of trust and respect for fellow Northern Californians, and of a mutual understanding between you and the rest of the world that you are from (or, in the case of anyone who has lived with kids from NorCal, that you are an honorary resident) NorCal. As the subtle innuendoes of the word can only be understood by absorption, one must experience and be engulfed by it (as Northern Californians are from birth) to truly understand when its usage is appropriate. Hella is a word. It's a symbol. It's a way of life. Hella.

This is hella whack.
I just ate hella brownies.
I'm hella going to the library this weekend.

I'm going hella to the library
by NorCal, May 21, 2008
You just use it cause it's a term that you grew up in the neighborhood saying. It's like being from Pennsylvania and saying "youse" instead of "you". Hella originated in the bay area like hella years ago. It was just something that grew on you and you still use it today cause you never grew out of it. Some guy from Vegas tried to tell me hella started in Vegas and I was like "Fuck that. Dude you gotta be fucking retarded, hell no."
You're hella dumb.
Bammer is hella nasty.
I'm hella tired tonight.
That shit was hella hard.
by youpeoplearefuckingstupid June 13, 2004
Maximally quantifying term; originated in Northern California.
How many people were at the party? Hella.

Man, the Warriors hella kicked the Lakers' ass!

Let's count the real numbers: 1, 2, 3, ... hella.
by Anonymous November 13, 2004
i'm from norcal so pretty much we say hella a lot. it means very, a lot, or just to throw it in because nothing else works. socal people trip too hard off it.
people from socal are hella stupid for never shutting the fuck up about a word.

i'm hella bored

your hella stupid
by jenna August 15, 2004
My own extensive research has found that the term 'hella' or 'hellof' did not originate in San Francisco, but rather Oakland, as the first anyone remembers hearing it was Oaklnd in 1976, then later. in the early 80s in San Francisco.
I tripped on my shoe laces hella times today.
by steve September 24, 2004
The farmers from Northern California who settled here a long time ago (probably before the 1950's) were patient and slow people and took everything with ease. When they communicated to explain "VERY" they would say "hell of a" instead of "very" or "a lot". Then the city folks who migrated in later to the Bay Area took the Northern California farmers saying and shortened it to "Hella" instead of "Hell of a."
So in the end the word "hella" comes from the Bay Area city folks. Short and sweet.
She/he was hella sweet.
It was hella cool.
The ride was hella fresh.

by Bay area gurl January 27, 2009
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