Meaning of HULK in English


I. ˈhəlk noun

Etymology: Middle English hulke, from Old English hulc, probably from Medieval Latin holcas, from Greek holkas, from helkein to pull — more at sulcus

Date: before 12th century


a. : a heavy clumsy ship


(1) : the body of an old ship unfit for service

(2) : a ship used as a prison — usually used in plural

every prisoner sent to the hulk s — Kenneth Roberts

c. : an abandoned wreck or shell (as of a building or automobile)

2. : one that is bulky or unwieldy

a big hulk of a man

II. intransitive verb

Date: circa 1825

1. dialect England : to move ponderously

2. : to appear impressively large or massive : loom

factories hulk ed along the river

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.