- a connected group; cluster: a bunch of grapes.
- a group of things: a bunch of papers.
- Informal. a group of people: They're a fine bunch of students.
- a knob; lump; protuberance.
- to group together; make a bunch of.
- to gather into a cluster; gather together.
- (of fabric or clothing) to gather into folds (often followed by up).
Origin of bunch
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Examples from the Web for bunch
I've seen video of that satirical guide to SXSW in 1998 where you asked a bunch of bands odd questions.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
The zoologist at University of Tubingen in Germany gave a bunch of spiders some LSD.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence
December 31, 2014
After a bunch of tough talk, this round of the hacker-on-hacker fight nevered materialized.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
As a producer on The Gambler, he read a bunch of women for the female lead, and settled on Larson.Brie Larson’s Hollywood Transformation
December 29, 2014
Because they were short on money, the family moved around a bunch—with Malone living in 27 different places by the time she was 9.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom
December 22, 2014
Her mother took the bunch of flowers out of her hand and looked at it.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Well, the boy runs his eye over the bunch, and then picks the pinto right off.
I told him that I was with the bunch first and last and all the time.
One of them called his own horse and it broke out of the bunch and ran toward him.The Trail Book
Each of the guests had now taken his bunch of grapes upon his plate.The Miraculous Pitcher
- a number of things growing, fastened, or grouped togethera bunch of grapes; a bunch of keys
- a collection; groupa bunch of queries
- informal a group or companya bunch of boys
- archaic a protuberance
- (sometimes foll by up) to group or be grouped into a bunch
Word Origin and History for bunch
early 14c., "protuberance on the body, swelling," perhaps echoic of the sound of hitting and connected to bump (cf., possibly in similar relationship, hump/hunch).
The sense of "cluster" is mid-15c.; connection with the earlier sense is obscure, and this may be a separate word, perhaps through a nasalized form of Old French bouge (2), 15c., from Flemish boudje diminutive of boud "bundle." Meaning "a lot, a group" is from 1620s.
"to bulge out," late 14c., from bunch (n.). Meaning "to gather up in a bunch" (transitive) is from 1828; sense of "to crowd together" (intransitive) is from 1873. Related: Bunched; bunching.