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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for bunching
Historical Examples
  • The mounted men came to an abrupt standstill, the horses, like the dogs, bunching together.

    The Purple Heights Marie Conway Oemler
  • 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.

    Blue Goose Frank Lewis Nason
  • They halted at his low call, bunching themselves as he strode toward them, his sword in his hand.

    Shadows in Zamboula Robert E. Howard
  • 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.

    Dwellers in the Hills Melville Davisson Post
  • 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.

    The Isles of Scilly Jessie Mothersole
  • Conversation ceased, for the boats now were bunching close to the starting line, maneuvering for position.

    Guilt of the Brass Thieves Mildred A. Wirt
  • (bunching reins in fingers hampered by too tight gauntlets) Captain Gadsby!

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • 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.

    The Kindred of the Wild Charles G. D. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for bunching


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bunching



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.



"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 bunching



  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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