hulk

[huhlk]
noun
1.
the body of an old or dismantled ship.
2.
a ship specially built to serve as a storehouse, prison, etc., and not for sea service.
3.
a clumsy-looking or unwieldy ship or boat.
4.
a bulky or unwieldy person, object, or mass.
5.
the shell of a wrecked, burned-out, or abandoned vehicle, building, or the like.
verb (used without object)
6.
to loom in bulky form; appear as a large, massive bulk (often followed by up ): The bus hulked up suddenly over the crest of the hill.
7.
British Dialect. to lounge, slouch, or move in a heavy, loutish manner.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English hulke, Old English hulc; perhaps < Medieval Latin hulcus < Greek holkás trading vessel, orig., towed ship

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hulk (hʌlk)
 
n
1.  the body of an abandoned vessel
2.  derogatory a large or unwieldy vessel
3.  derogatory a large ungainly person or thing
4.  (often plural) the frame or hull of a ship, used as a storehouse, etc, or (esp in 19th-century Britain) as a prison
 
vb (often foll by up)
5.  informal (Brit) (intr) to move clumsily
6.  to rise massively
 
[Old English hulc, from Medieval Latin hulca, from Greek holkas barge, from helkein to tow]

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hulk
O.E. hulc "light, fast ship" (but in M.E. a heavy, unwieldy one), probably from O.Du. hulke and M.L. hulcus, from Gk. holkas "merchant ship," lit. "ship that is towed." Meaning "body of an old, worn-out ship" is first recorded 1671. The Hulks ("Great Expectations") were old ships used as prisons. Sense
of "big, clumsy person" is first recorded 1597. The verb meaning "to go about in a hulking manner" is from 1793.
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Example sentences
The hulk is stored until body and frame members are needed for sale or the hulk
  is crushed and sold as scrap.
When it's finished with that work, there's simply no use for the metal hulk
  that remains.
There's enough enriched uranium and plutonium in the hulk for dozens of atomic
  bombs.
Its brick hulk seems deserted until night falls, when a dim yellow glow
  emanates from the only intact window on the ground floor.
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