\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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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 The game was a commercial failure but a steppingstone to Pong, a digital version of ping-pong in which players move blocky white paddles up and down the screen. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Ted Dabney, Atari co-founder whose engineering paved the way for Pong, dies at 81," 5 June 2018 After rules protecting flight paths at Logan Airport required that the tower be cut down from its initial 775 feet, Millennium filed a proposal many panned as too massive and blocky. Tim Logan,, "Winthrop Square tower design finally approved," 3 May 2018 The usually reliable Gnapp makes for a blocky Claudius, chugging through lines as if buoyed by the iambic pentameter and nothing more. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Youth gives some new energy to Marin Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet,’ but not enough," 2 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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