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hulk

noun \ ˈhəlk \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of hulk

1 a : a heavy clumsy ship
b (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 Roberts
c : an abandoned wreck or shell (as of a building or automobile)
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

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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


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hulk

verb

Definition of hulk

1 dialectal, England : to move ponderously
2 : to appear impressively large or massive : loom
  • factories hulked along the river

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First Known Use of hulk

circa 1825

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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HULK Defined for English Language Learners

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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

noun \ ˈhəlk \

Definition of hulk for Students

1 : a person or thing that is bulky or clumsy
2 : an abandoned wreck or shell of something (as a ship)


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