\ˈblä-kē \
blockier; blockiest

Definition of blocky 

1 : resembling a block in form : chunky

2 : filled with or made up of blocks or patches

Examples of blocky in a Sentence

a shoe with a thick, blocky heel

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With its blocky edges and noticeable antenna lines, the iPad Pro almost looks more like a prototype than a finished product. David Pierce, WSJ, "Apple’s New iPad Pro: Great Tablet, Still Can’t Replace Your Laptop," 5 Nov. 2018 The streets are quiet, windswept even, with few pedestrians and little noise—just rows of blocky warehouses. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Come to Kyoto for the Sake, Stay for the Gin," 17 Aug. 2018 The room really needed something weighty and blocky. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Designer Pamela Shamshiri's Tips on Wabi Sabi Decorating," 16 Sep. 2011 At the command of an engineer wielding a blocky yellow remote control, this structure, known as Big Bird, rotates 90 degrees to the left. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Gideon thrashed around and knocked his blocky head into the wall, the metal choker still clinging to his neck. Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Am I Not Your Animal" by Matt Jones," 2 June 2018 Gravity Bone charms you with its music and absurd blocky aesthetic, while its simple puzzle elements lull you into a false sense of security for the inevitable spy story twist. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Thirty Flights of Loving shows how little we still know about the language of games," 27 May 2018 Called Stack, the font is built from stacking (clever, right?) different varieties of bricks atop one another to create blocky letterforms. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Clever new font is inspired by brick masonry," 7 June 2018 The acres of raw, blocky basalt look as fresh as the flows shown spilling from Kilauea on the nightly news. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Volcanoes in Arizona: Sunset Crater hike shows off eruption's aftermath," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of blocky

circa 1816, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of blocky

: short and thick

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