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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Hours later, on the evening of June 9, the hitman approached a hulking figure in a dark top and white pants and fired a single shot into his back. Michael Weissenstein, The Denver Post, "Plot that wounded David Ortiz unraveled because of many mistakes," 20 June 2019 Edwin Encarnacion gives the Yankees a lineup logjam that manager Aaron Boone will have to solve, and the hulking first baseman doesn't solve their starting pitching woes. Jon Tayler,, "What Does Edwin Encarnacion Trade Mean for the Yankees and the AL Playoff Race?," 15 June 2019 The hulking lineman may have Wisconsin roots, but Texas has become his home away from home. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "'Sell out!': As Houston and Texas rip Whataburger deal, J.J. Watt has a solution...," 14 June 2019 There is a pleasing tension seeing seemingly delicate, novel beauties such as globularia, with its chivelike blossoms, growing amid such hulking surroundings. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This unusual garden style could be a sustainable solution for urban landscapes," 5 June 2019 Thirty years ago, a man stood in front of a column of tanks, halting their hulking passage from Tiananmen Square a day after the bloodshed of June 4. Charles Hutzler And Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China’s Effort to Erase the June 4th Protests from History," 31 May 2019 The novelty of the foreign flux has led to dramatic changes in Moscow, a great, hulking metropolis of 13 million not celebrated for its customer service. Washington Post, "Can Russia, with its history of racist attacks and hooligans, put on a World Cup welcome?," 12 June 2018 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

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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) \

Kids Definition of hulking

: very large or heavy

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