- 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 big, clumsy person or thing
Origin of hulkMiddle English from Old English hulc from Medieval 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 h?lkein, to pull, Old English sulh, a plow
- to rise bulkily: usually with up
- Dial. to slouch or lounge about in a heavy, clumsy manner
- Nautical a. A heavy, unwieldy ship.b. The hull of an old, unseaworthy, or wrecked ship.c. often hulks An old or unseaworthy ship used as a prison or warehouse.
- 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.
intransitive verbhulked, hulk·ing, hulks
- To appear as a massive or towering form; loom: The big truck hulked out of the fog.
- To move clumsily.
Origin of hulkMiddle 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
(third-person singular simple present hulks, present participle hulking, simple past and past participle hulked)
Compare Middle Low German holken to hollow out, and similar Swedish word.
- (comics) A fictional character within the Marvel Comics Universe.
The name of a character created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby for the Marvel Comics Universe, it has since entered the everyday English lexicon. The name itself is most likely derived from the same word, hulk, which predates the existence of the character. See the Wikipedia link at the bottom.