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See also: Hulk
hulk (plural hulks)
- a non-functional, but floating ship, usually stripped of rigging and equipment, and often put to other uses such as storage or accommodation.
- (archaic) any large ship that is difficult to maneuver
- A big (and possibly clumsy) person
- (bodybuilding): An excessively muscled person
- large ship, difficult to maneuver
- 1602, Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, act ii, scene 3
- Light boats sail swift, though greater hulks draw deep.
- 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.
an excessively muscled person
Compare Middle Low German holken to hollow out, and similar Swedish word.
- 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?)