\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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Opt for the Dreamfoam 2-inch gel swirl memory foam topper ($54.99 to $107.18) to add non-bulky comfort in a hurry. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The ultimate van life shopping guide," 14 Nov. 2018 One of the arguments is just the equipment was too bulky and too expensive. Recode Staff, Recode, "Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode Media," 13 July 2018 Also, go with a lace-front wig, which will look less bulky and obvious around the hair line. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "The DIY Guide to Being Harley Quinn This Halloween," 10 Aug. 2016 One downside: The HS110 is bulky, taking up both plugs in a two-jack outlet. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Automate your basic devices with two TP-Link smart plugs for $25," 23 Oct. 2018 The bulky tack-on solar panels will be something of the past, and companies like Tesla, Sistine Solar, and Forward Labs are introducing sleeker, low-profile designs that cleverly blend into, if not actually serve as, the roofing of the house. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Flower-shaped solar panel now sold in the U.S.," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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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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