hulk definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic any ship
- a big, unwieldy ship
- the hull of an old, dismantled ship
- such a ship used for storage in a port or, earlier, as a prison
- a deserted wreck or ruins
- a big, clumsy person or thing
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English hulc ; from Midieval Latin hulcus ; from Classical Greek holkas, towed vessel ; from Indo-European an unverified form solkos, a pull, something dragged ; from base an unverified form selk-, to pull from source Classical Greek hēlkein, to pull, Old English sulh, a plow
- to rise bulkily: usually with up
- Dialectal to slouch or lounge about in a heavy, clumsy manner
hulk definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Nautical a. A heavy, unwieldy ship.b. The hull of an old, unseaworthy, or wrecked ship.c. An old or unseaworthy ship used as a prison or warehouse. Often used in the plural.
- One, such as a person or object, that is bulky, clumsy, or unwieldy.
- A wrecked or abandoned shell of a usually large object, such as a building or vehicle.
- To appear as a massive or towering form; loom: The big truck hulked out of the fog.
- To move clumsily.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English hulc, from Medieval Latin hulcus, probably from Greek holkas, ship that is towed, merchant ship, from holkos, machine for hauling ships, from helkein, to pull.