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 in bulk

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 in bulk (1 of 2)

in bulk


1

Unpackaged, loose, as in It's cheaper to buy rice in bulk. [Late 1600s]

2

In large amounts or volume, as in The ship was carrying wheat in bulk. [Mid-1700s]

Idioms and Phrases with in bulk (2 of 2)

bulk


see in bulk.

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