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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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  • He made reforms; he also took In hand the bulky Doomsday book.

  • It represents a sort of nut, itself too bulky for a railway truck.

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Senator Markham, the bulky, red-faced Chairman greeted them.

    The Unlearned Raymond F. Jones
  • Something had dropped shapeless, bulky at her feet and she could not see Mr. Stewart.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • At last the cave is pronounced spick and span, and the doorway thought wide enough to admit the bulky prey.

    Insect Adventures J. Henri Fabre
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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