\ 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 \ ˈbəl-​kə-​lē \ adverb
bulkiness \ ˈbəl-​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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Take off bulky backpacks and hold them in one hand, or rest them on the floor between your legs. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit New York City," 5 Mar. 2018 The tech to charge your phone in midair with no wires has existed for a while now, even making an appearance at CES two years ago, though with some big caveats like the need for bulky charging case to make the magic happen. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "FCC Clears Tech That Wirelessly Charges Your Phone in Midair," 27 Dec. 2017 With that in mind: Astro Bot is my easy pick for this year's best VR game to gently yet firmly prove what a bulky headset can add to a quality sit-down game. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Instead Conroy wanted to stretch and expand the Stratocruiser's fuselage to transport rocket boosters and other bulky space hardware by plane. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Super Guppy Is Such a Badass Plane," 17 Dec. 2018 For a more experimental touch, square-toe booties channel the bulky shapes of the ’90s, albeit in a much more sophisticated way—see: Kendall Jenner’s cool-girl take!—and have been done by emerging labels such as By Far and Bevza. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The 7 Celeb-Approved Winter Boots to Try This Winter," 4 Dec. 2018 Just note that it's made of plastic beads, which tend to take up more space and will be a bulkier blanket than those made with glass. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Weighted Blankets to Help You Get the Best Sleep of Your Life," 21 Nov. 2018 The videos, taken from different angles and posted to Instagram on Sunday, show that the bulky TV came within inches of hitting a young woman walking below. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'Inch away from death.' TV tossed from frat house roof nearly lands on woman, videos show," 5 July 2018 Catalog, a company founded by scientists from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, designs systems that store data on manmade versions of microscopic DNA molecules, instead of on bulky magnetic tapes or silicon chips. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "The next big thing in data storage is actually microscopic," 26 June 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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