A word that most clearly distinguishes Bay Area kids from the rest of the world. These Bay Area kids think that the whole of Nor-Cal say hella when most of them don't. It is the most despised word in Santa Cruz because it distinguishes fagget valleys that come over from the Bay Area and try to surf, causing hours of traffic throughout SC. Most people are baffled why the users of this word think they are so cool, and certainly the use of the word does not help them any. Surfers certainly do not use this word unless they come from the Bay Area.
Bay Area Kid: This place is hella tight yo.
SC kid: Shut your mouth little grom and go back where you came from, stop crowding our city like rats.
by Shotbox August 30, 2006
Hella. Originated from the streets of San Francisco in the Hunters Point neighborhood. It is commonly used in place of "really" or "very" when describing something.
The Fillmore is hella better than the Mission.

Thank God LA is hella far away.
by TeknoTurd May 27, 2004
A multi-purpose word invented by people in north california, indigenous to the Bay Area.

Adjective: To describe a lot of something or something good.

Noun: A lot of

Adverb: Suplemental, inferrs a great quantity or that you're doing something and DOING IT RIGHT!

Interjection: An affirmation of what someone just said
Adjective: This party is hella chill.

Noun: I have hella.

Adverb: The Bay areais fuckin hella better than socal

Interjection: Nicole: Dude that shit was off tha hook
Jaime: hella!
by Jaime Portocarrero January 05, 2004
very, totally; lots of

N.B. Generally used in Northern California.
1. That party was hella sketch. What with all those skanky-ass girls.
2. There was HELLA weed tho!
by NorCAL all the way March 01, 2003
hella is to nor*cal what wicked is to boston
That concert was hella tight,
by latida May 03, 2004
Term used to indicate personal superiority. When spoken in conversation, the receiving party immediatley knows that the person saying the word is of a high class because of that person's NorCal roots.
Thusly, if the receiver is not of the same geography and stature, negative emotions arise from envy. A primary example is that of the frustrated SoCal dweller who is frequently subjected to the mighty and humbling presence of NorCalers.
Alternatively, Hella can alert other prestigious NorCalers that they are dealing with a higher species much like themselves.
NorCaler: "That was Hella cool!"
SoCaler: "Huh? Wha? Hella? That sounds dumb."
NorCaler: "No sir. You sir are Hella dumb. Good day."
SoCaler: "Oh yah. You're...dumbererer. Keanu rules!!"
by Saltydog August 19, 2004
Derived from "hell of a lot". Similar to "very, really, a lot," etc.

Used mostly in Northern California though has been heard in other parts of CA and even in the media such as an infamous "hella" South Park episode. (Cartman used it outside of its meaning to annoy Kyle.)
Before: There's a hell of a lot of beer in that fridge.

After: There's hella beer in that fridge.

As "very" or "really":

"That's hella far away!"
by Dirty Frank January 26, 2005
An intensifier, with a grammatical function and usage similar to "very" or "really".

It's a contraction of "hell of", and may have originated in Alameda County, California. It was definitely in common use in Berkeley public schools as far back as 1979.
"That party was hella rad." (ca. 1981)
by Chris December 23, 2004

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