ˈbəl-kē How to pronounce bulky (audio)
 also  ˈbu̇l-
bulkier; bulkiest
: having bulk
: large of its kind
: having great volume in proportion to weight
a bulky knit sweater
bulkily adverb
bulkiness noun

Example Sentences

a big, bulky football player bulky packages might cost more to mail
Recent Examples on the Web This tool belt offers a generous amount of space for garden tools without becoming too heavy or bulky. Renee Freemon Mulvihill, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 May 2023 And because of the way they’re constructed, porros are bulkier than roof-prisms of the same power and objective-lens diameter. Dave Hurteau, Field & Stream, 10 May 2023 Likely new services include regular days for bulky trash pickup, which has been offered infrequently and erratically, and hazardous waste pickup, which now requires a special appointment and a trip to the Miramar landfill. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 May 2023 Makes pumping easy and doesn't feel bulky like a lot of pumping bras do. Laura Lajiness Kaupke, harpersbazaar.com, 22 Apr. 2023 Price at time of publish: $10.99 Size: 30 x 40 inches | Colors/prints: 12 | Material: 100% polyester Things to Consider Materials Comfort is key with a baby blanket — using a super soft material that isn't took bulky or heavy is key so baby can be cozy and soothed. Staff Author, Peoplemag, 23 Mar. 2023 The magnet, a disc slightly bulkier and much heavier than a hockey puck, had a loop attached, with an 80-foot-long polypropylene rope threaded through. John Tuohy, The Indianapolis Star, 20 Mar. 2023 Nanshu Lu, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering, said the e-tattoo could allow patients to track stress levels without wearing a bulky medical device. Adithi Ramakrishnan, Dallas News, 16 Mar. 2023 For runners who won’t part with Nike’s supershoes come race day, the Rocket X2 makes a fantastic workout shoe that’s softer than the Vaporfly and less bulky than the Alphafly. Hats off to Hoka for creating a legitimate contender in the carbon-fiber supershoe race. Cory Smith, Outside Online, 13 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bulky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulky. Accessed 28 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


bulkier; bulkiest
: large in size or mass
: being large and hard to handle
bulkiness noun

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