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Etymology 1[edit]


hulk (plural hulks)

  1. a non-functional, but floating ship, usually stripped of rigging and equipment, and often put to other uses such as storage or accommodation.
  2. (archaic) any large ship that is difficult to maneuver
  3. A big (and possibly clumsy) person
  4. (bodybuilding): An excessively muscled person
large ship, difficult to maneuver
non-functioning, floating ship
  • 1918, Katherine Mansfield, Prelude, as printed in Selected Stories, Oxford World's Classics (2002), paperback, page 83
    They could see the lighthouse shining on Quarantine Island, and the green lights on the old coal hulks.

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Middle Low German holken to hollow out, and similar Swedish word.


hulk (third-person singular simple present hulks, present participle hulking, simple past and past participle hulked)

  1. To remove the entrails of; to disembowel.
    to hulk a hare
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)

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