Wiktionary:Word of the day/2021/May 3

Writing star.svg

Word of the day
for May 3
hulk n
  1. (nautical)
    1. (archaic) A large ship used for transportation; (more generally) a large ship that is difficult to manoeuvre.
    2. (by extension) A non-functional but floating ship, usually stripped of equipment and rigging, and often put to other uses such as accommodation or storage.
  2. (figuratively) A large structure with a dominating presence.
  3. (figuratively) A big (and possibly clumsy) person.
    1. (bodybuilding) An excessively muscled person.

hulk v

  1. (transitive, nautical)
    1. To reduce (a ship) to a non-functional hulk.
    2. To temporarily house (goods, people, etc.) in such a hulk.
  2. (transitive) To move (a large, hulking body).
  3. (intransitive) To be a hulk, that is, a large, hulking, and often imposing presence.
  4. (intransitive) Of a (large) person: to act or move slowly and clumsily.


  1. (transitive, obsolete except Britain, dialectal) To remove the entrails of; to disembowel.

PointingHand.svg The Marvel Comics superhero Hulk made his debut in the comic book The Incredible Hulk this month in 1962.

← yesterday | About Word of the DayNominate a wordLeave feedback | tomorrow →