[ huhl-king ]
/ ˈhʌl kɪŋ /


heavy and clumsy; bulky.

Nearby words

  1. hula skirt,
  2. hula-hoop,
  3. hula-hula,
  4. huldre,
  5. hulk,
  6. hulky,
  7. hull,
  8. hull balance,
  9. hull down,
  10. hull efficiency

Origin of hulking

First recorded in 1690–1700; hulk + -ing2


[ huhlk ]
/ hʌlk /


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.

Origin of hulk

before 1000; Middle English hulke, Old English hulc; perhaps < Medieval Latin hulcus < Greek holkás trading vessel, orig., towed ship Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for hulking


/ (ˈhʌlkɪŋ) /


big and ungainlyAlso: hulky


/ (hʌlk) /


the body of an abandoned vessel
derogatory a large or unwieldy vessel
derogatory a large ungainly person or thing
(often plural) the frame or hull of a ship, used as a storehouse, etc, or (esp in 19th-century Britain) as a prison


(intr) British informal to move clumsily
(intr often foll by up) to rise massively

Word Origin for hulk

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

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