I. 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 1. a. a heavy clumsy ship b. (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 hulks — 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 hulked along the river

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(of an old vessel),

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