verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- bulk buying,
- bulk carrier,
- bulk mail,
- bulk modulus,
- bulk up
- unpackaged: Fresh orange juice is shipped from Florida in bulk.
- in large quantities: Those who buy in bulk receive a discount.
Origin of bulk1
- the thickness of a number of sheets of paper or cardboard
- the thickness of a book excluding its covers
- in large quantities
- (of a cargo, etc) unpackaged
Word Origin for bulk
mid-15c., "a heap," earlier "ship's cargo" (mid-14c.), from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse bulki "a heap; ship's cargo," thus "goods loaded loose" (perhaps literally "rolled-up load"), from Proto-Germanic *bul-, from PIE root *bhel- (2) "to blow, inflate, swell" (see bole).
Meaning extended by confusion with obsolete bouk "belly" (from Old English buc "body, belly," from Proto-Germanic *bukaz; see bucket), which led to sense of "size," first attested mid-15c.
"swell, become more massive," 1550s (usually with up), from bulk (n.). Related: Bulked; bulking.
see in bulk.