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[ huhl-king ]


  1. heavy and clumsy; bulky.

    Synonyms: ponderous, cumbersome, massive


/ ˈhʌlkɪŋ /


  1. big and ungainly Alsohulky

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hulking1

First recorded in 1690–1700; hulk + -ing 2

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Example Sentences

The hulking platforms of the Cold War, upon which we continued to invest a great deal of financial and operational resources, were suddenly far less relevant.

From Time

His downtown operation, a hulking leaden-blue building with giant fans, could be so exquisitely stinky that we kids would hold our breath and pray that the stoplight stayed green whenever we had to pass it.

The overall effect is reminiscent of a cheerful, hulking bubble.

From Quartz

Today, purpose-built expedition ships are a far cry from the hulking research vessels of old, and for new ships, luxury is most often the norm.

Today, the hulking structure sits abandoned across the street from the tavern like a gray wooden phantom.

From Eater

Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo then sought to bring the hulking Garner down by yoking him around the neck.

A hulking defender breaks into the backfield and takes him down with a vicious clothesline tackle.

The beasts are huge, hulking, fast and unpredictable—tons of muscle, horn and thundering hooves.

Patinkin imbues Saul with a hulking presence that fills entire rooms.

The man who wrote about hulking linebackers nibbling melon in the Texas dusk.

A Dutchman—what you would call a Swede—a hulking beggar, came up from the fo'c'sle very much the worse for wear.

And I understood how it had come to pass that our hulking old ogre had fallen in love with her so desperately.

Careless Tom, or Hulking Tom (not necessarily in disapproval).

Who told her John had the fever—a great, strong, hulking fellow like that?

Mr. Wansley surveyed in silence the hulking, disordered figure now coming forward from the after companion.