The mounted men came to an abrupt standstill, the horses, like the dogs, bunching together.
The fat boy's mount, itself half asleep, suddenly humped its back, and with bunching feet leaped clear of the ground.
bunching us up so they can pick us off one by one, without hunting us out like a flock of sheep.
They halted at his low call, bunching themselves as he strode toward them, his sword in his hand.
I waited for the column to go on, but it did not, and I began to drive the cattle in, bunching them up in the road.
The bunching and tying is chiefly done by the women and children, and is paid for at the rate of threepence for a hundred bunches.
Conversation ceased, for the boats now were bunching close to the starting line, maneuvering for position.
(bunching reins in fingers hampered by too tight gauntlets) Captain Gadsby!
bunching where their leader was halted, the Hudson's Bay men waited silently.
Finally, he baited his trap with the usual dead fish, bunching them now under the centre of the net.
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.