hulk·​ing | \ ˈhəl-kiŋ How to pronounce hulking (audio) \

Definition of hulking

: ponderous, massive a hulking wrestler

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Examples of hulking in a Sentence

A hulking figure appeared in the doorway. a heavy, hulking stone blocked the way

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The USS Intrepid, the hulking aircraft carrier off Pier 86, hardly looks like a stomping ground for the beautiful boys, glittering drag queens, and sophisticated philanthropists that flooded its decks last night. Ian Malone, Vogue, "This Year’s Jeffrey Fashion Cares Event Unfolded in Spectacular Fashion," 11 Apr. 2019 In a billboard for the 1931 movie, Boris Karloff is a hulking figure with a square head and heavy-lidded eyes, arms extending well beyond his dark sleeves. Brenda Cronin, WSJ, "The Making of a Monster," 27 Sep. 2018 The hulking lithium-ion battery in the belly of a Tesla Model S stores electrical energy as a voltage across an anode and cathode. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Where Are All the Hydrogen Cars?," 10 Aug. 2018 The world’s biggest container-ship operator by capacity is adopting new digital techniques in order to get the hulking vessels in and out of ports as quickly as possible, an effort aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in supply chains. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018 Is the coordinated launch necessary to get the hulking GeForce RTX 2080 Ti out there ASAP to satisfy deep-pocketed enthusiasts with a need for speed? Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti are loaded with boundary-pushing graphics tech," 20 Aug. 2018 But after watching Evan Gattis just miss a mammoth three-run homer, sending a blast just to the left of the left-field foul pole, Paxton came back to strike out the hulking lumberjack. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "James Paxton back to his dominant form, leading Mariners to a 2-0 victory over the Astros," 30 July 2018 Marcy has been flattened, to be specific, by the hulking weight of her senior citizen boyfriend, who has died during their secret tryst. Beth Kephart,, "Frances Metzman's 'Cha-Cha Babes of Pelican Bay': The rules of dancing, life, and rocking thongs in a retirement village," 6 July 2018 Metro will seek to sell its hulking headquarters in downtown Washington and decamp to smaller office spaces in the District, Maryland and Virginia after a vote Thursday by Metro’s board of directors. Martine Powers, Washington Post, "Metro seeks buyer for downtown D.C. headquarters," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of hulking

1698, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hulking

: very large or heavy


hulk·​ing | \ ˈhəl-kiŋ How to pronounce hulking (audio) \

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: very large or heavy

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