bulky

adjective
\ 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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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 Toss the bulky knife block or free up drawer space and store your knives on this clever rack. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "X-tra Counter Space," 11 Feb. 2019 Carpet machines of the past have been bulky, but this one is lightweight and gets a high-five from the GH Cleaning Lab for its brush roll cover that removes for cleaning. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Carpet Cleaners to Buy in 2019," 15 Jan. 2019 Unlike most travel adapters that are either too bulky or require an external converter, this streamlined adapter takes up practically no room in your bag and handles any necessary conversions itself. Popular Mechanics, "Charge 4 Gadgets at Once with This Travel Adapter," 10 Jan. 2019 As for shoes, go with a cross-training sneaker that’s not heavily cushioned or bulky. Isadora Baum, SELF, "10 Things to Know Before Taking Your First Indoor Rowing Class," 27 Jan. 2019 Even the current leaders in the field of AR optics, Microsoft Corp. and Magic Leap Inc., have so far delivered only bulky, awkward headsets. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "In Apple’s Third Act, the iPhone Plays Supporting Role," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bulky

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

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bulky

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of bulky

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

bulky

adjective
\ 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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