the body of an old or dismantled ship.
a ship specially built to serve as a storehouse, prison, etc., and not for sea service.
a clumsy-looking or unwieldy ship or boat.
a bulky or unwieldy person, object, or mass.
the shell of a wrecked, burned-out, or abandoned vehicle, building, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to loom in bulky form; appear as a large, massive bulk (often followed by up):
The bus hulked up suddenly over the crest of the hill.
British Dialect. to lounge, slouch, or move in a heavy, loutish manner.
the body of an abandoned vessel
(derogatory) a large or unwieldy vessel
(derogatory) a large ungainly person or thing
(often pl) the frame or hull of a ship, used as a storehouse, etc, or (esp in 19th-century Britain) as a prison
(intransitive) (Brit, informal) to move clumsily
(intransitive) often foll by up. to rise massively
Old English hulc “light, fast ship” (but in Middle English a heavy, unwieldy one), probably from Old Dutch hulke and Medieval Latin hulcus, perhaps ultimately from Greek holkas “merchant ship,” literally “ship that is towed,” from helkein “to pull” (from PIE root *selk- “to pull, draw”). Meaning “body of an old, worn-out ship” is first recorded 1670s. The Hulks (“Great Expectations”) were old ships used as prisons. Sense of “big, clumsy person” is first recorded c.1400 (early 14c. as a surname: Stephen le Hulke).
“to be clumsy, unwieldy, lazy,” 1789, from hulk (n.). Related: Hulked; hulking.
[huhl-king] /ˈhʌl kɪŋ/ adjective 1. heavy and clumsy; bulky. [huhlk] /hʌlk/ noun 1. the body of an old or dismantled ship. 2. a ship specially built to serve as a storehouse, prison, etc., and not for sea service. 3. a clumsy-looking or unwieldy ship or boat. 4. a bulky or unwieldy person, object, or mass. […]
[huhl-kee] /ˈhʌl ki/ adjective, hulkier, hulkiest. 1. .
[huhl] /hʌl/ noun 1. the husk, shell, or outer covering of a seed or fruit. 2. the calyx of certain fruits, as the strawberry. 3. any covering or envelope. verb (used with object) 4. to remove the hull of. 5. Midland U.S. to shell (peas or beans). [huhl] /hʌl/ noun 1. the hollow, lowermost portion […]
[huhl-uh-buh-loo] /ˈhʌl ə bəˌlu/ noun, plural hullabaloos. 1. a clamorous noise or disturbance; uproar. /ˌhʌləbəˈluː/ noun (pl) -loos 1. loud confused noise, esp of protest; commotion n. 1762, hollo-ballo “uproar,” chiefly in northern England and Scottish, perhaps a rhyming reduplication of hollo (see hello).