\ ˈbəl-kē How to pronounce bulky (audio) also ˈbu̇l- \
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
Recent Examples on the Web Using physical cash to avoid the formal financial system is bulky and awkward; a truly digital version would be far more portable. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Central banks are contemplating a world without cash," 1 Mar. 2020 During the inspection, an investigator claims to have found a filthy, small, locked laboratory, its entrance partially blocked by a piece of bulky equipment. Katherine Eban, WIRED, "8 Ways Overseas Drug Manufacturers Dupe the FDA," 7 Aug. 2019 Bags of flour are big and bulky, and are allotted relatively little space on store shelves. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Reminded Americans They Are Capable of Baking," 12 May 2020 Share this - 4d ago / 8:24 AM PDT Photos: Wild boars patrol Israeli city Wild boars, some as bulky as Rottweilers and traveling in family packs, have been trotting through Haifa in increasing numbers. NBC News, "'On the front line' with no tests: To reopen country, primary care doctors need testing access," 21 Apr. 2020 The design is rather bulky, which will likely put off some potential customers. Shannon Liao, CNN, "Microsoft's Surface Earbuds is a pricey, strange-looking AirPods rival," 3 Oct. 2019 Built with a unibody design, the Santa Cruz will be a pickup intended for those who haul bulky, but not heavy, objects. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2021 Hyundai Santa Cruz Will Be a Unibody Pickup for the Masses," 21 Apr. 2020 If a diaphragm call feels too wide and bulky in your mouth, trim the tape skirt a little bit with scissors. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "25 Top Spring Turkey Hunting Tips," 20 Apr. 2020 Her solution: tucking a mobile Freemie breast pump under a bulky coat, and pumping while ice skating. Dani Blum, New York Times, "Pumping at Work, From the Office to the Arctic," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bulky

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

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The first known use of bulky was in the 15th century

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1 Jun 2020

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“Bulky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulky. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce bulky (audio)

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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