Hulk



[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.
5.
the shell of a wrecked, burned-out, or abandoned vehicle, building, or the like.
verb (used without object)
6.
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.
7.
British Dialect. to lounge, slouch, or move in a heavy, loutish manner.
/hʌlk/
noun
1.
the body of an abandoned vessel
2.
(derogatory) a large or unwieldy vessel
3.
(derogatory) a large ungainly person or thing
4.
(often pl) the frame or hull of a ship, used as a storehouse, etc, or (esp in 19th-century Britain) as a prison
verb
5.
(intransitive) (Brit, informal) to move clumsily
6.
(intransitive) often foll by up. to rise massively
n.

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).
v.

“to be clumsy, unwieldy, lazy,” 1789, from hulk (n.). Related: Hulked; hulking.

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