Huke to Humbug
(Huke) n. [OF. huque, LL. huca; cf. D. huik.] An outer garment worn in Europe in the Middle
Ages. [Written also heuk and hyke.] [Obs.] Bacon.
(Hu"lan) n. See Uhlan.
(Hulch) n. [Cf. Hunch.] A hunch. [Obs.]
(Hulch"y) a. Swollen; gibbous. [Obs.]
(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.
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.
2. A heavy ship of clumsy build. Skeat.
3. Anything bulky or unwieldly. Shak.
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.
(Hulk) v. t. [Cf. MLG. holken to hollow out, Sw. hålka.] To take out the entrails of; to disembowel; as,
to hulk a hare. [R.] Beau. & Fl.
(Hulk"ing, Hulk"y) a. Bulky; unwiedly. [R.] "A huge hulking fellow." H. Brooke.
(Hull) n. [OE. hul, hol, shell, husk, AS. hulu; akin to G. hülle covering, husk, case, hüllen to cover,
Goth. huljan to cover, AS. helan to hele, conceal. &radic17. See Hele, v. t., Hell.]
1. The outer covering of anything, particularly of a nut or of grain; the outer skin of a kernel; the husk.
2. [In this sense perh. influenced by D. hol hold of a ship, E. hold.] (Naut.) The frame or body of a
vessel, exclusive of her masts, yards, sails, and rigging.
Deep in their hulls our deadly bullets light.Dryden. Hull down, said of a ship so distant that her hull is concealed by the convexity of the sea.
(Hull), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hulled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hulling.]
1. To strip off or separate the hull or hulls of; to free from integument; as, to hull corn.
2. To pierce the hull of, as a ship, with a cannon ball.
(Hull), v. i. To toss or drive on the water, like the hull of a ship without sails. [Obs.] Shak. Milton.
(Hul`la*ba*loo") n. [Perh. a corruption of hurly-burly.] A confused noise; uproar; tumult.
Hulled corn, kernels of maize prepared for food by removing the hulls.
(Hulled) a. Deprived of the hulls.
(Hull"er) n. One who, or that which, hulls; especially, an agricultural machine for removing the
hulls from grain; a hulling machine.