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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.

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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Historical Examples of bulky

  • It represents a sort of nut, itself too bulky for a railway truck.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Something had dropped shapeless, bulky at her feet and she could not see Mr. Stewart.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • From one of them I pulled out a bulky notebook and a number of loose papers.

  • But La Teuse also rose and barred his way with her bulky figure.

  • Mrs. Stover's bulky figure was already on the way to the door of the house.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for bulky


adjective bulkier or bulkiest
  1. very large and massive, esp so as to be unwieldy
Derived Formsbulkily, adverbbulkiness, 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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