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[buhl-kee] /ˈbʌl ki/
adjective, bulkier, bulkiest.
of relatively large and cumbersome bulk or size.
(of a fabric or yarn) thick; lofty.
(of a garment) made of thick, resilient fabric or yarn:
a bulky sweater.
Origin of bulky
1665-75; bulk1 + -y1
Related forms
bulkily, adverb
bulkiness, noun
overbulkily, adverb
overbulkiness, noun
overbulky, adjective
unbulky, adjective
1. massive, ponderous, unwieldy, clumsy. Unabridged
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  • Rounded plant is bulky and dense but has fine-textured foliage.
  • The popularity of this bulky work is proved by the number of its editions during twenty years.
  • It was addressed to himself, and was quite a bulky parcel.
  • Besides this were the bulky lungs, into which the mouth opened, and the heart and its vessels.
  • Were all books reduced thus to their quintessence, many a bulky author would make his appearance in a penny paper.
  • When folded it would not be bulky and its weight would be negligible.
  • The bulky microphone soon took on a symbolic role, signifying the urgency and excitement of radio itself.
  • If that meant shapeless wool pants and bulky sweaters, so be it.
  • Films of such bulky proportions usually turn out the other way.
  • The new compound tethered bulky chaperones to the beta-amyloid fragments and prevented them from forming large clumps.
British Dictionary definitions for bulky


adjective bulkier, bulkiest
very large and massive, esp so as to be unwieldy
Derived Forms
bulkily, adverb
bulkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bulky

mid-15c., "plump, stout," from bulk (n.) + -y (2). Related: Bulkiness.

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