[ huhlk ]
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  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.

  1. a clumsy-looking or unwieldy ship or boat.

  2. a bulky or unwieldy person, object, or mass.

  3. the shell of a wrecked, burned-out, or abandoned vehicle, building, or the like.

verb (used without object)
  1. 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.

  2. British Dialect. to lounge, slouch, or move in a heavy, loutish manner.

Origin of hulk

before 1000; Middle English hulke,Old English hulc; perhaps <Medieval Latin hulcus<Greek holkás trading vessel, originally, towed ship

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How to use hulk in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hulk


/ (hʌlk) /

  1. the body of an abandoned vessel

  2. derogatory a large or unwieldy vessel

  1. derogatory a large ungainly person or thing

  2. (often plural) the frame or hull of a ship, used as a storehouse, etc, or (esp in 19th-century Britain) as a prison

  1. (intr) British informal to move clumsily

  2. (intr often foll by up) to rise massively

Origin of hulk

Old English hulc, from Medieval Latin hulca, from Greek holkas barge, from helkein to tow

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