hulk·​ing | \ˈhəl-kiŋ \

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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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 The hulking 22-year-old outfielder homered in his fourth straight game in Triple-A El Paso’s 4-1 loss at Albuquerque, giving him an’ organization-best 12th on the season. Jeff Sanders,, "El Paso's Franmil Reyes homers in fourth straight game," 6 May 2018 But despite his otherwise nondescript appearance, the hulking chalice made Alex Ovechkin unmistakable, one of Russia's most recognizable athletes carrying hockey's grandest trophy to his country's most iconic spot. Isabelle Khurshudyan,, "Alex Ovechkin brings the Stanley Cup to his homeland of Russia: 'It was incredible'," 9 July 2018 Hopefully New Leaf’s housemade limeade slush has prepared you for a return to the heat, since the second half of today’s temple marathon takes you through the Little Circuit, to Angkor Thom and its structures both hulking and intricate. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Days in Siem Reap," 16 Apr. 2018 Atop the bus, a hulking devil with a guttural bark informed the mostly costumed audience that at precisely 8:28 pm the Louisville Zombie Walk would begin. Marty Pearl, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville zombie fest runs amok on Bardstown," 27 Aug. 2017 Now, these won’t be Robo Rovers that can plow through streams and scramble over hulking tree roots—at least not anytime soon. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Land Rover Wants to Take Self-Driving Cars Off-Roading," 9 June 2018 The hulking singer's story has more plot twists than an Italian libretto. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "Former NFL lineman becomes opera's leading man," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of hulking

1698, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hulking was in 1698

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English Language Learners Definition of hulking

: very large or heavy


hulk·​ing | \ˈhəl-kiŋ \

Kids Definition of hulking

: very large or heavy

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