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 As with most full-size rigs, this lifted, extra-large Ram is simply too hulking for technical trail work without sustaining some body damage. Scott Oldham, Car and Driver, "2020 Ram 2500 Power Wagon Remains a Hulking Heavy-Duty Off-Roader," 30 Apr. 2020 The term, first meant as an insult, was attached to 1960s abstract artists whose work included hulking monoliths and unexpressive canvasses. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Made a Mockery of Minimalism," 23 Apr. 2020 Stepping slowly at first, the hulking monster-man, the demon-man, red and giant, with a single wing growing out of its back, would begin to chase Bill. Lauren Groff, The New York Review of Books, "The Keatsian Intelligence of Lorrie Moore," 18 Feb. 2020 The hulking contraption costs $85,000 new, but Vega got a good deal by buying this one barely used. Jeff Csatari, Popular Mechanics, "How a New York City Roaster Is Putting Nicaraguan Coffee on the Map," 5 Dec. 2019 Pictures and video from the scene show hulking military vehicles hauling equipment into the event center. Fox News, "Military building 250-bed field hospital in Seattle, other makeshift centers expected in Washington," 1 Apr. 2020 These style decisions served two purposes: To make the tiny artist stand out against the monolithic presence that was her famous and physically hulking husband, and to proudly align herself with an emerging Mexican post-revolutionary identity. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "Style Icon of the West: Frida Kahlo," 20 Mar. 2020 No timeline was given for complete removal of the hulking ship that measures 656 feet (200 meters) long. Washington Post, "Crews removing capsized ship hope to beat hurricane season," 31 Jan. 2020 The first of nine hulking Russian Il-76 cargo planes left Chkalovsky military airport in Moscow on Sunday, bringing Russian medical personnel and supplies to Italy, including eight mobile medical teams. Colleen Barry And Frank Jordans, Houston Chronicle, "Virus marches on in Italy, Iran, US; medical supplies shrink," 22 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hulking

1698, in the meaning defined above

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“Hulking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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