[ buhl-kee ]
/ ˈbʌl ki /

adjective, bulk·i·er, bulk·i·est.

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
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British Dictionary definitions for bulkiness


/ (ˈbʌlkɪ) /

adjective bulkier or bulkiest

very large and massive, esp so as to be unwieldy
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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