Hulk Hulk, n. [OE. hulke a heavy ship, AS. hulc a light, swift ship; akin to D. hulk a ship of burden, G. holk, OHG. holcho; perh. fr. LL. holcas, Gr. ?, prop., a ship which is towed, fr. ? to draw, drag, tow. Cf. {Wolf}, {Holcad}.] 1. The body of a ship or decked vessel of any kind; esp., the body of an old vessel laid by as unfit for service. ``Some well-timbered hulk.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. --Skeat. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Shear hulk}, an old ship fitted with an apparatus to fix or take out the masts of a ship.

{The hulks}, old or dismasted ships, formerly used as prisons. [Eng.] --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(of an old vessel),