- 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 bunches
This protracted blossoming led to bunches containing berries of very different sizes, a condition called millerandage.Bad News for the Bubbly: Champagne Suffers Worst Season in Decades
August 17, 2012
Almost every tank and armored vehicle in the square was covered with anti-Mubarak graffiti and bunches of flowers.Egypt's Million Man March Protesters to Mubarak: Resign Now
February 1, 2011
He bunches himself up tightly, one leg entwined over the other, with the crossed leg dangling, limply, languorously.Obama's Televised Turn-Off
July 29, 2010
The nests looked flimsy to Phoebe—they were just bunches of sticks—and it looked to her like they might fall out of the trees.One Year to Live
April 12, 2009
If it were not for that, we should look like bunches of uprooted seaweed dried in the sun.Tanglewood Tales
She stroked the sleek necks of the colts and handed them bunches of grass.The Gentleman From Indiana
Clemence related that she had one day eaten three bunches of watercresses at her lunch.L'Assommoir
They were tied carefully in bunches, and hung in the garret of the farm-house to dry.
McPike is noteworthy because of the large size of the berries and bunches.Manual of American Grape-Growing
U. P. Hedrick
- British a hairstyle in which hair is tied into two sections on either side of the head at the back
- 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 bunches
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.