\ 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

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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
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First Known Use of bulky

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

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

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15 May 2021

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“Bulky.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bulky. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 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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