\ˈbəl-kē 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 \ -​kə-​lē \ adverb
bulkiness \ -​kē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of bulky in a Sentence

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

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Fish Spatula Throw out your bulky spatula and ask for this nimble tool. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The 7 Most Important Kitchen Items to Have on Your Wedding Registry," 16 Oct. 2018 Simply put, this Watch is way more comfortable, without looking bulkier on the wrist. Vera Papisova, Teen Vogue, "Apple Watch Series 4 Review," 19 Sep. 2018 Some anglers find the compact reciprocating saws too large or bulky or otherwise ergonomically uncomfortable to wield with the precision necessary to efficiently carve fillets. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Fillet blade a cut above the rest for anglers," 6 June 2018 Researchers began to explore virtual reality as a therapy for pain in the late 1990s, but the expensive and bulky equipment prevented it from gaining popularity. Meeri Kim, Washington Post, "Virtual reality is being used by hospitals to help people cope with pain," 9 June 2018 Improved security and screening All pass-holders will go through metal detectors, except cosplayers in bulky costumes and anyone who needs ADA accessibility, who will be checked with detector wands. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Phoenix Comic Fest changes include metal detectors, prop weapons policy, wristbands," 21 May 2018 Next to them are bulky bags of sawdust shipped up from the Lower 48. Zach Hughes, latimes.com, "Tanning seal hides on the edge of the world: A foothold in the global economy in rural Alaska," 2 May 2018 The perfect cross-body purse, which can easily take the place of a bulky diaper bag for short outings. Kim Fusaro, Woman's Day, "New Mom Essentials: THIS Is So Much More Important Than A Cute Diaper Bag!," 29 Mar. 2012 Embedding technology into the fabric is more effective than traditional methods, such as coatings that can wear off or be toxic to humans, or electronic devices that are bulky and awkward to wear. Allison Hagan, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass Lowell fabric center aims to make smarter clothes," 12 July 2018

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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 \
bulkier; bulkiest

Kids Definition of bulky

1 : great in size or volume

2 : being large and awkward to handle

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