- 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 bunched
They had bunched up their horses and tied them to a tree while they cut up the kill.The Trail Book
He attacked them when he caught them alone, and they attacked him when they were bunched.White Fang
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
She bunched her red lips for a kiss, like a child, and advanced her head.Despair's Last Journey
David Christie Murray
- 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 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.