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hulk

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noun \ˈhəlk\

Definition of hulk

  1. 1a :  a heavy clumsy shipb (1) :  the body of an old ship unfit for service (2) :  a ship used as a prison —usually used in plural every prisoner sent to the hulks — Kenneth Robertsc :  an abandoned wreck or shell (as of a building or automobile)

  2. 2 :  one that is bulky or unwieldy

Examples of hulk in a sentence

  1. The ship's rusting hulk is still visible on the rocks.

  2. the burned out hulk of the factory

Origin and Etymology of hulk

Middle English hulke, from Old English hulc, probably from Medieval Latin holcas, from Greek holkas, from helkein to pull — more at sulcus


First Known Use: before 12th century


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hulk

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Definition of hulk

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 dialectal, England :  to move ponderously

  3. 2 :  to appear impressively large or massive :  loom factories hulked along the river

Circa 1825

First Known Use of hulk

circa 1825


HULK Defined for English Language Learners

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hulk

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noun \ˈhəlk\

Definition of hulk for English Language Learners

  • : the main part of something (such as a ship, car, or building) that has been ruined and is no longer used

  • : a large person


HULK Defined for Kids

hulk

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noun \ˈhəlk\

Definition of hulk for Students

  1. 1 :  a person or thing that is bulky or clumsy

  2. 2 :  an abandoned wreck or shell of something (as a ship)



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