hulk·​ing ˈhəl-kiŋ How to pronounce hulking (audio)
: ponderous, massive
a hulking wrestler

Examples of hulking in a Sentence

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

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hulking was in 1698

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“Hulking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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