\ ˈbəl-kē also ˈbu̇l- How to pronounce bulky (audio) \
bulkier; bulkiest

Definition of bulky

1a : having bulk
b(1) : large of its kind
(2) : corpulent
2 : having great volume in proportion to weight a bulky knit sweater

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Other Words from bulky

bulkily \ ˈbəl-​kə-​lē How to pronounce bulkily (audio) \ adverb
bulkiness \ ˈbəl-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce bulkiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of bulky in a Sentence

a big, bulky football player bulky packages might cost more to mail

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Instead of trying to find the barcode on large bulky items in a shopping cart, the computer vision technology can see it and log it into the retailer's Scan and Go app. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart's tech focus: 'Take friction out' of 160 million weekly transactions," 6 June 2019 Ryder has been investing millions in areas tied to e-commerce, such as delivery of furniture and other bulky items to consumers’ homes. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Logistics Firm Ryder System Names New CFO as It Looks to Cut Costs, Expand Business," 27 Mar. 2019 Although some furniture from this period can be bulky and heavy looking, the mirrors are quite lovely and versatile. Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "What to Look for When Shopping for Louis Philippe Mirrors," 10 May 2019 One look at the bulky, 50-pound ensemble he wears suspended from his shoulders and there is no wonder why. Cynthia Billhartz Gregorian, kansascity, "KC native says being Pumbaa in Broadway's 'The Lion King' is a 'really awesome job' | The Kansas City Star," 8 May 2018 Between the stroller, the car seat, the diaper bag, and all the toys—baby gear has a reputation for being heavy, bulky, and quite frankly, a real annoyance. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Woman's Day, "This Compact Stroller is Small Enough to Fit In Your Tote," 8 July 2016 In an age of bulky and power-hungry vacuum tubes, the U.S. military and American industry searched desperately for some way to speed up and shrink computers for defense and commercial applications. Phil Lapsley, WSJ, "‘The Cryotron Files’ Review: Taking the Cold War to Subzero," 11 Oct. 2018 The two chips sit alongside one another, meaning that smartphone vendors have to design larger, bulkier, more power-hungry phones to accommodate them both. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's next Snapdragon chip suggests 2020 really will be the year of 5G phones," 25 Feb. 2019 And no matter what kind of technology brands like North Face or Marmot advertise, most bulky, ski-type gloves are terrible for texting. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "We Tried 50 Texting Gloves. Here are the Best Pairs," 12 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of bulky

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of bulky

: large and difficult to carry or store
of a person : large and fat or muscular


\ ˈbəl-kē How to pronounce bulky (audio) \
bulkier; bulkiest

Kids Definition of bulky

1 : great in size or volume
2 : being large and awkward to handle

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