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.
non-functional, floating ship
any large ship that is difficult to maneuver
a big, (and possibly clumsy) person
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?)
- Obsolete spelling of