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
Recent Examples on the Web Back in February, Chrissy Teigen, who loves floral print dresses, posted a photo of herself next to a painting in a black coat, a white turtleneck, black mules, and a hulking mahogany brown bag. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Is The Row the New Celebrity Status Label?," 28 Apr. 2021 That unimaginative, hulking, dented steel door provided comfort, a barrier between a transformative college experience and the desperation of adult life waiting outside. Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "Passageways," 17 Apr. 2021 My guide, a representative from the Israeli human-rights organization B’Tselem, pointed out a hulking man, in a lime-green shirt, carrying what looked to be a semiautomatic rifle. Rozina Ali, The New Yorker, "Rewriting the Story of the Palestinian Radical," 14 Apr. 2021 One of them is Fetzer Inc., a Utah firm hired to manufacture and install carpentry in the hulking Nike merchandising building. oregonlive, "Nike contractors file $100 million in liens over headquarters expansion," 7 Apr. 2021 Giglio's hulking big sister, Elba, slouches to the north and is visible on a clear day. Elizabeth Heath, Travel + Leisure, "This Tiny Hidden Island Off the Coast of Tuscany Offers Crystalline Sea Views, Hidden Coves for Snorkeling, and Amazing Hikes," 20 Mar. 2021 Wu argues the Justice Department and the FTC should be encouraged to launch more hulking, multi-year lawsuits, like the 2000s Microsoft case and the investigation that ended in AT&T’s breakup in 1984. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Biden appointee Tim Wu is a populist antitrust crusader," 6 Mar. 2021 Getting the Shot On Thursday, April 8th, a line of people stretched outside the City College of New York’s North Academic Center, a hulking modern complex set incongruously amid the neo-gothic stone of the school’s upper Manhattan campus. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "What vaccination means to New Yorkers.," 23 Apr. 2021 Looking back on it, Marlee Matlin’s (first row, seventh from left) prime position near the hulking Oscar replica seemed to herald her victory. Zach Schonfeld, Vulture, "Smile! A Complete History of the Oscar Class Photo," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Hulking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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