from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having considerable bulk; massive.
  • adj. Of large size for its weight: a bulky knit.
  • adj. Clumsy to manage; unwieldy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Being large in size, mass, or volume.
  • adj. Unwieldy
  • adj. Having excess body mass, especially muscle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of great bulk or dimensions; of great size; large; thick; massive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of great bulk or size; large.
  • Unwieldy; clumsy.
  • Synonyms Bulky, Massive, Massy, Ponderous, Burly. Bulky refers to prominence, excess, or unwieldiness of size; it applies properly to material things; if applied to persons, it implies the development of physical size at the expense of higher qualities. Massy is, strictly, poetic for massive. The two denote weight and solidity quite as much as size, while that which is bulky may be hollow and comparatively light: as, a bulky bundle of straw; a massive jaw; “ingots of massy gold.” Ponderous primarily denotes weight and not size, but has come to have a secondary suggestion of unwieldiness. Burly is applicable only to persons, and expresses bigness, solidity, and force, with something of coarseness of manner.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of large size for its weight


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  • If being "bulky" is an issue, why not ditch the laptop and use a GPS-enabled smartphone instead?

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  • On the lid stenciled in bulky black a sort of tattoo, the legend read JOHN SLATE/LIVERPOOL.

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  • What's starting to really grate are things like cereal boxes and milk or juice cartons*, which are just plain bulky, even when crushed down.


  • Working in bulky cold weather gear will also make the deployment more analogous to the challenges facing astronauts clad in cumbersome spacesuits on the moon.

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  • But with potentially 2 million people wrapped in bulky coats and blankets pouring onto the Mall for Obama’s swearing-in, stretching to the Lincoln Memorial, police decided that it would take too long to funnel them through checkpoints.

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  • A clear historical statement of this localist version of trace theory is that of the 17th-century English natural philosopher Robert Hooke, who took memory ideas in the brain "to be material and bulky, that is, to be certain Bodies of determinate Bigness": for Hooke, memory was a "Repository of Ideas" in which separate items were laid down on the "coils" or "spirals" of the brain, for later extraction by an executive mechanism.


  • By storing, too, the bulbs lose a portion of their excessive amount of water, and become less bulky, which is unquestionably a desideratum.

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  • Umpire Mike Everitt called the bulky Phillies slugger safe and no Yankee argued the call.

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  • We also get to see the first detailed look at the T-600, aka the bulky, rubber-skinned proto-Arnold Terminators, that are still plenty deadly, plus glimpses at the rest of the new Terminators.


  • Wired remarks that although the Panasonic Jungle is "bulky," it "certainly looks rather capable."

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