\ ˈbəl-kē How to pronounce bulky (audio) 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

Other Words from bulky

bulkily \ ˈbəl-​kə-​lē How to pronounce bulky (audio) \ adverb
bulkiness \ ˈbəl-​kē-​nəs How to pronounce bulky (audio) \ noun

Examples of bulky in a Sentence

a big, bulky football player bulky packages might cost more to mail
Recent Examples on the Web The company in February bought U.S. logistics operator Pilot Freight Services in a $1.68 billion deal in a purchase aimed at bolstering its ability to move big and bulky freight in North America. Denny Jacob, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 Large or bulky items such as towels, sheets, and even t-shirts can often be donated to local animal shelters — threadbare is fine, the Coalition said. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Nov. 2021 But its sailing ships lost their dominance a long time ago, as newer vessels became increasingly large and bulky — powered first by coal, then by oil. New York Times, 24 June 2021 Load space in the five-seat version ranges from 23 to 31 cubic feet behind the second row, and the middle bench seatback can incline 14 degrees forward to make room for bulky cargo without having to be completely lowered. Jonathon Ramsey, Car and Driver, 19 Apr. 2022 The 1930s was also the heyday of the flying boat—a bulky vessel whose fuselage acted as the hull, floating it when the plane was in the water. Barbara Peterson, WSJ, 31 Aug. 2021 The best is architectural lighting to illuminate the spaces properly without big bulky lamps. Catherine Gaugh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Feb. 2022 The bags are large enough to store various bulky items, including blankets, comforters, pillows, towels, sweaters, and toys. Amy Schulman, PEOPLE.com, 6 Mar. 2022 Cabinets above them are deep enough to stash suitcases, a sewing machine, sleeping bags, blankets, and other bulky items. Sarah Halverson, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bulky

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

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“Bulky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulky. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for bulky


\ 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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