Idioms

    in bulk,
    1. unpackaged: Fresh orange juice is shipped from Florida in bulk.
    2. in large quantities: Those who buy in bulk receive a discount.

Origin of bulk

1
1400–50; late Middle English bolke heap, cargo, hold < Old Norse bulki cargo, ship's hold

Synonym study

1. See size1.

Pronunciation note

Bulk and bulge most often are pronounced with the vowel [uh] /ʌ/ of buck. In South Midland and Southern U.S. the [oo] /ʊ/ of book and bull commonly occurs among all speakers. Standard British speech has only [uh] /ʌ/. Both types exist in British regional speech, and both were brought to the colonies, where each came to predominate in a different area and was carried west by migration.
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British Dictionary definitions for bulking (1 of 2)

bulking

/ (ˈbʌlkɪŋ) /

noun

the expansion of excavated material to a volume greater than that of the excavation from which it came
an increase in the volume of dry sand when its moisture content is increased

British Dictionary definitions for bulking (2 of 2)

bulk

/ (bʌlk) /

noun


verb

Word Origin for bulk

C15: from Old Norse bulki cargo

usage

The use of a plural noun after bulk was formerly considered incorrect, but is now acceptable
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Idioms and Phrases with bulking

bulk

see in bulk.


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