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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That’s borderline overkill for thinner Ultrabooks and strong enough to add several hours of use to many bulkier 15-inch laptops. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 For the Zenbook Pro 15 to be one of them and not be a bulky gaming laptop is something of an exception. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Asus’ Zenbook Pro 15 is a lightweight powerhouse with a Core i9 processor and 4K screen," 18 May 2018 All three Expeds remain bulky and difficult to transport. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Couples Camping Gear Just Got Even Better," 20 June 2019 The high-rise pull-on design doesn't have any buttons or zippers, which helps eliminate muffin top and looks less bulky than traditional jeans. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "These Spanx Jeans Might be the Ultimate Wardrobe Investment," 17 June 2019 Some of these issues will be fixed, but that’s not going to do anything about the fact that the Falcon just feels heavy (1.5 lbs) and bulky (20mm thick) for a device of its size. Sam Byford, The Verge, "The Falcon is a cute 8-inch laptop that folds into a janky tablet," 5 Dec. 2018 Conventional lasers are expensive and bulky, so reducing the number of lasers from 64 to one seems like a sensible way to cut costs. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why millions of lasers on a chip could be the future of lidar," 8 Nov. 2018 Instead of trying to find the barcode on large bulky items in a shopping cart, the computer vision technology can see it and log it into the retailer's Scan and Go app. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Walmart's tech focus: 'Take friction out' of 160 million weekly transactions," 6 June 2019 Ryder has been investing millions in areas tied to e-commerce, such as delivery of furniture and other bulky items to consumers’ homes. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Logistics Firm Ryder System Names New CFO as It Looks to Cut Costs, Expand Business," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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