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 word hella dates back hella long. The first time I remember hearing it was in oakland in 1978.
Evreyone seems to think that the word originated in San Francisco, and thats hella wrong.
by steve July 29, 2005
1. Originated in Oakland in the mid-70s.
2. Was originally pronounced "hell of" (NOT "hell of a").
3. Examples:
4. Was funny because it confused people.
5. First used in a movie: E.T. (1982). Boy looks in fridge and mumbles to himself, "there's nothin' but hella shit in here."
6. Kids began to say "heck of" to keep from getting in trouble w/ parents.
"It's hella hot"
"That hella sucks"
by DontCallItYayArea August 07, 2006
In Northern California, people tend to name quantities of various items slightly different. The 1st is one, the 2nd is two, the 3rd and beyond are hella.
There were hella people at that kickback friday night.
by tttheresa December 19, 2006
The real name for the country of Greece.
Mean, stone of Sun.
Hellas is country, Hellins the residents.
by iMarios January 02, 2007
Very or really.
Adjective:Bitches in nor cal give hella toothy blow Jobs.

Nor Cal is hella corny.

Nor Cal is hella gay.

Nor Cal has hella ugly bitches.
by So Cal Rocks December 01, 2009
Northern California contaction of "hell of". Used like the adjectives "very" or "really", or the adverb "way". Often used by NorCal inhabitants without being aware. Very similar to the "wicked" of Boston. It is now generally only found in the Bay Area, specifically the East Bay, where its use has thrived. Not heard, ever, outside of Northern California.
That chick is hella ugly, dude.
Slow down, you're going hella fast.
by oaktown balla September 22, 2004

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