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[buhnch] /bʌntʃ/
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.
verb (used with object)
to group together; make a bunch of.
verb (used without object)
to gather into a cluster; gather together.
(of fabric or clothing) to gather into folds (often followed by up).
Origin of bunch
1275-1325; Middle English bunche; of uncertain origin
Related forms
unbunched, adjective
1, 2. lot, batch.
Synonym Study
1, 2. See bundle. Unabridged
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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


a number of things growing, fastened, or grouped together: a bunch of grapes, a bunch of keys
a collection; group: a bunch of queries
(informal) a group or company: a bunch of boys
(archaic) a protuberance
(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



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.

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



  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.
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