- 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 bunching
This will let it dry evenly and prevent all bunching and snarling.Black Bass
Charles Barker Bradford
The shaken creature leaped, bunching its body in a shuddering knot.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
Then he dreamed of bunching the three together for their mutual benefit.The Vision of Elijah Berl
Frank Lewis Nason
It is in this way that shoots for bunching are obtained early in the spring.
Bunching where their leader was halted, the Hudson's Bay men waited silently.The Law of the North (Originally published as Empery)
Samuel Alexander White
- 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 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.