\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web So why are so many people choosing to wear big and bulky shoes, to the point of discomfort at times (count the blisters)? Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Shot with a bulky Sony Handycam, the video of the King beating in 1991 tore open a city already heaving with racial tension. Justin Ray, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2021 Gaming headsets don’t have to be big, bulky, and expensive. Medea Giordano, Wired, 22 June 2021 Most machines are big and bulky, get caught on things easily and the whole process can end up being a hugely time-consuming chore on your to-do list. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, 13 June 2021 Its acquisition of logistic network Innovel a year ago, and now called Costco Logistics, has enabled the company to deliver big and bulky high-ticket items to customers in record time, dropping from up to two weeks to between five to seven days. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 2 June 2021 Some of the monitoring equipment is bulky, whirling in the background like an electric razor that never turns off. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Aug. 2021 The headphones are a little bulky, but most will get used to that. Maren Estrada, BGR, 20 Aug. 2021 Stylers are usually bulky, and this to-go-size conditioner is perfect for low-key smoothing. Erica Metzger, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Aug. 2021

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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 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bulky

: large and difficult to carry or store
: 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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