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1. A protruding part; an outward curve or swelling.
2. Nautical A bilge.
3. A sudden, usually temporary increase in number or quantity: The baby boom created a bulge in school enrollment.
v. bulged, bulg·ing, bulg·es
To swell, protrude, or curve outward: a wall bulging after a flood; muscles bulging under a shirt.
To cause to bulge.

[Middle English, pouch, from Old French bulge, bouge, from Latin bulga, bag, of Celtic origin; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]

bulg′i·ness n.
bulg′y adj.
Synonyms: bulge, balloon, belly, jut, project, protrude
These verbs mean to curve, spread, or extend outward past the normal or usual limit: a wallet bulging with money; a clown's pants that ballooned at the waist; a sail bellying in the wind; a boulder jutting from the hillside; a deck that projected from the house in back; eyes protruding from their sockets in astonishment.


(ˈbʌl dʒi)

adj. bulg•i•er, bulg•i•est.
tending to bulge; having a bulge.
bulg′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.bulgy - curving outwardbulgy - curving outward      
protrusive - thrusting outward
References in classic literature ?
Keggs was a man--one must use that word, though it seems grossly inadequate--of medium height, pigeon-toed at the base, bulgy half-way up, and bald at the apex.
And Fatty, alias Percival Delaney, a grotesque of manhood, put his bulgy hand to his puffed lips and kissed audibly into the starry vault of the sky.
He put the plates down on a sideboard, stuffed the silver in his breast pocket, giving it a bulgy look, and ran like a hare (I heard him coming) till he came to the cloak room.
Whoever at present drip, like bulgy bottles out of all-too-small necks:--of such bottles at present one willingly breaketh the necks.
He passed through the metal detecting device aACA* when I searched his legs, they felt bulgy.
She has also undergone a body countering operation but her stomach became bulgy after that.
Festooned with spoilers and bulgy arches, plus a huge rear wing and 20-inch alloys, the Swindon-designed hot Honda runs on a new 2.
Signs that rheumatologists look for are morning stiffness in and around the joints, tissue swelling, bulgy knuckles, wrists or lumps of tissue under the skin and bone erosion.
He's got big bulgy eyes so we called him Popeye, or Pops for short.