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adjective, bulk·i·er, bulk·i·est.
  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.
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Origin of bulky

First recorded in 1665–75; bulk1 + -y1
Related formsbulk·i·ly, adverbbulk·i·ness, nouno·ver·bulk·i·ly, adverbo·ver·bulk·i·ness, nouno·ver·bulk·y, adjectiveun·bulk·y, adjective


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1. massive, ponderous, unwieldy, clumsy.
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adjective bulkier or bulkiest
  1. very large and massive, esp so as to be unwieldy
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Derived Formsbulkily, adverbbulkiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for bulkiness



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

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