\ 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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Pancheri suggests consolidating all your supplies from your bulky diaper bag into a few handy drawstring bags, or even throwing a few of the necessities into your stroller. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "There's no shortage of kid-friendly fun and food at Summerfest this year. Here's our guide.," 18 June 2018 The blond has a little more definition, but my father is the bulkier of the two. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 Power sources and controllers are too bulky to fit into the fly. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a Laser-Powered Robotic Fly Take Its First Flight," 16 May 2018 The rear battery pack is also bulky for lying in bed. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, "The 3 Best Headlamps for #Vanlife," 5 Apr. 2018 Parents or caregivers unsure if their child's coat is too bulky can test its safety by harnessing the child wearing the coat in the car seat. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "This is why you should never put a child wearing a coat in a car seat," 1 Feb. 2018 Some of these aren't the most gifted of thespians, but any such shortcomings are easily outbalanced by the bulky figure of Valmir do Coco who effortlessly dominates the ensemble as working schlub Tiao. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Azougue Nazare': Film Review | Rotterdam 2018," 29 Jan. 2018 Commercial dumping fees fund curbside pickup of trash, recyclables, bulky waste, leaves and other yard waste — services that people in most other towns either pay for or don't receive. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Work At Manchester Dump Meant To Curb Stink," 11 May 2018 Advanced Rail Energy Storage has already built a test model, and is launching a full-scale project in Nevada next year that will provide 44.2 megawatts of storage potential, without the need for bulky, potentially toxic batteries. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "The Crazy-Sounding Plan to Store Energy in Trains," 7 Apr. 2015

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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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to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

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