- heavy and clumsy; bulky.
Origin of hulking
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- 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.
- 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
Related Wordsbulky, imposing, lumbering, mammoth, towering, gigantic, gargantuan, big, clumsy, colossal, cumbersome, elephantine, enormous, extensive, grand, great, heavy, hefty, huge, immense
Examples from the Web for hulking
Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo then sought to bring the hulking Garner down by yoking him around the neck.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
A hulking defender breaks into the backfield and takes him down with a vicious clothesline tackle.Two New Films Preach Our Nation’s Corrosive Gridiron Gospel
September 20, 2014
The beasts are huge, hulking, fast and unpredictable—tons of muscle, horn and thundering hooves.Chicago’s Running of the Bulls
July 26, 2014
Patinkin imbues Saul with a hulking presence that fills entire rooms.Give Mandy Patinkin an Emmy Nomination for ‘Homeland,’ Already!
July 17, 2013
The man who wrote about hulking linebackers nibbling melon in the Texas dusk.An Open Letter to Buzz Bissinger
March 27, 2013
I feel a hulking slacker and fraud, being home on sick leave.The Rough Road
William John Locke
The hulking ruffian roared with pleasant laughter at the sally.The Iron Pirate
He sat there staring up in astonishment at Fyfe, hulking over him.I Was a Teen-Age Secret Weapon
Careless Tom, or Hulking Tom (not necessarily in disapproval).
Who told her John had the fever—a great, strong, hulking fellow like that?John Ingerfield and Other Stories
Jerome K. Jerome
- big and ungainlyAlso: hulky
- 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 and History for hulking
"big, clumsy," 1690s (through 18c. usually with fellow), from hulk (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).
"to be clumsy, unwieldy, lazy," 1789, from hulk (n.). Related: Hulked; hulking.