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bulky

[buhl-kee] /ˈbʌl ki/
adjective, bulkier, bulkiest.
1.
of relatively large and cumbersome bulk or size.
2.
(of a fabric or yarn) thick; lofty.
3.
(of a garment) made of thick, resilient fabric or yarn:
a bulky sweater.
Origin
1665-1675
1665-75; bulk1 + -y1
Related forms
bulkily, adverb
bulkiness, noun
overbulkily, adverb
overbulkiness, noun
overbulky, adjective
unbulky, adjective
Synonyms
1. massive, ponderous, unwieldy, clumsy.
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British Dictionary definitions for bulky

bulky

/ˈbʌlkɪ/
adjective bulkier, bulkiest
1.
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
adj.

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

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