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bunch

[buhnch] /bʌntʃ/
noun
1.
a connected group; cluster:
a bunch of grapes.
2.
a group of things:
a bunch of papers.
3.
Informal. a group of people:
They're a fine bunch of students.
4.
a knob; lump; protuberance.
verb (used with object)
5.
to group together; make a bunch of.
verb (used without object)
6.
to gather into a cluster; gather together.
7.
(of fabric or clothing) to gather into folds (often followed by up).
Origin of bunch
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English bunche; of uncertain origin
Related forms
unbunched, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. lot, batch.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See bundle.
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Examples from the Web for bunched
Historical Examples
  • They had bunched up their horses and tied them to a tree while they cut up the kill.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • He attacked them when he caught them alone, and they attacked him when they were bunched.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The beast's powerful chest-muscles were bunched for the spring when Stillman acted.

    Small World William F. Nolan
  • And say, that was the wooziest collection ever bunched together!

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • She bunched her red lips for a kiss, like a child, and advanced her head.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • It was painted in white and gold, and set off by clusters of bunched lights.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Foliage yellowish-green, bunched at the ends of the branchlets.

  • They bunched in front of him to bar his passage, one laying hold of his arm.

    Trail's End

    George W. Ogden
  • The celery is dug and bunched for market at any time during the winter.

    Agriculture for Beginners Charles William Burkett
  • They bunched together panicky and started back for the lib'ry.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for bunched

bunch

/bʌntʃ/
noun
1.
a number of things growing, fastened, or grouped together: a bunch of grapes, a bunch of keys
2.
a collection; group: a bunch of queries
3.
(informal) a group or company: a bunch of boys
4.
(archaic) a protuberance
verb
5.
(sometimes foll by up) to group or be grouped into a bunch
See also bunches
Word Origin
C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bunched

bunch

n.

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.

bunch

v.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bunched

bunch

noun

  1. A group of people (1600s+)
  2. A particular group or set, family, etc: I like my bunch, but yours is elitist (1902+)
  3. mob (1950s+)
  4. Money, esp a large sum; bundle: He must have paid a bunch for that mink
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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