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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
First recorded in 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.

  • Though the body is bulky, it is yet light, and easily sustained by the wings.

    Our Common Insects Alpheus Spring Packard
  • Senator Markham, the bulky, red-faced Chairman greeted them.

    The Unlearned Raymond F. Jones
  • No bird would be likely to carry about such a bulky thing as that.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • 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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