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[buhlj] /bʌldʒ/
a rounded projection, bend, or protruding part; protuberance; hump:
a bulge in a wall.
any sudden increase, as of numbers, sales, or prices:
the bulge in profits.
a rising in small waves on the surface of a body of water, caused by the action of a fish or fishes in pursuit of food underwater.
verb (used without object), bulged, bulging.
to swell or bend outward; be protuberant.
to be filled to capacity:
The box bulged with cookies.
verb (used with object), bulged, bulging.
to make protuberant; cause to swell.
Origin of bulge
1200-50; Middle English: bag, hump < Old French < Latin bulga bag < Celtic; compare Irish bolg bag
Related forms
bulgingly, adverb
outbulge, verb, outbulged, outbulging.
4. protrude, project, stick out.
Pronunciation note
See bulk1 . Unabridged
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  • (g) The spongy lead may be bulged, or the positives may be buckled.

  • Then he carefully bestowed it in his coat pocket, where it bulged obtrusively.

  • The water on the right, close to the stern, bulged and burst with a roar.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • Frozen with soul-chilling fear, Asher stared with eyes that bulged.

  • A television set had somehow been turned on by the crash that bulged the back wall.

    Morale Murray Leinster
  • Peters bulged at any point, that bulge must be caused by a pistol.

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • She could not bring her hand to her pocket again, but she felt that it bulged monstrously.

    The Promised Land Mary Antin
  • Inside his shirt there bulged a heavy 45 slung from a leather breast-holster.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • Another's bulged like a dead fish's, with that dull, bluish look in them.

British Dictionary definitions for bulged


a swelling or an outward curve
a sudden increase in number or volume, esp of population
(Brit) another name for baby boom
(Brit) the projecting part of an army's front line; salient
to swell outwards
Derived Forms
bulging, adjective
bulgingly, adverb
bulgy, adjective
bulginess, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French bouge, from Latin bulga bag, probably of Gaulish origin


Battle of the Bulge, (in World War II) the final major German counteroffensive in 1944 when the Allied forces were pushed back into NE Belgium; the Germans were repulsed by Jan 1945
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Word Origin and History for bulged



c.1200, "wallet, leather bag," from Old French bouge, boulge "wallet, pouch, leather bag," or directly from Latin bulga "leather sack" (see budget (n.)). Sense of "a swelling" is first recorded 1620s. Bilge (q.v.) might be a nautical variant.



"to protrude, swell out," 1670s, from bulge (n.). Related: Bulged; bulging.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bulged



  1. An advantage; a lead: running up a 20–0 bulge/ the Californians fashioned a two-run bulge of their own (1840s+)
  2. A usually fatty surplus on the waist, buttocks, etc; spare tire (1940s+)

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