- a coarse, open fabric of worsted or cotton for flags, signals, etc.
- patriotic and festive decorations made from such cloth, or from paper, usually in the form of draperies, wide streamers, etc., in the colors of the national flag.
- flags, especially a vessel's flags, collectively.
Origin of bunting1
- any of several small, chiefly seed-eating birds of the genera Emberiza, Passerina, and Plectrophenax.
Origin of bunting2
- a hooded sleeping garment for infants.
Origin of bunting3
- (of a goat or calf) to push with the horns or head; butt.
- Baseball. to bat (a pitched ball) very gently so that it rolls into the infield close to home plate, usually by holding the bat loosely in hands spread apart and allowing the ball to bounce off it.
- to push (something) with the horns or head.
- Baseball. to bunt a ball.
- a push with the head or horns; butt.
- the act of bunting.
- a bunted ball.
Origin of bunt1
Examples from the Web for bunting
She was even sweet to that smug ingrate Miss Bunting after she kept insulting everyone at dinner.‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith
January 5, 2015
Or at least, we wouldn't celebrate it with two weeks of bunting.Meet the Real Founding Fathers: The Shocking Truth About Washington, Madison, and Martin
August 27, 2012
Shops are covered in Union Jacks, bunting has sold out, and everyone loves an excuse to bake patriotic cookies.The Queen’s Jubilee Takes Some Explaining, so The Daily Beast Walks You Through It
May 31, 2012
Deck the table out in red white and blue with poppers, hats and blowers and have bunting all along the street.Pippa's Jubilee Party Pieces
May 23, 2012
“Nothing says celebration quite like bunting,” the site went on to declare.Middleton Business Raises Questions Ahead of Queen's Diamond Jubilee
January 11, 2012
The bunting dipped and the banners fluttered and the flags whipped.Celebrity
The scarred wooden pillars of its portico were hidden with bunting.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
The ships in the harbour were also dressed with fire instead of bunting.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
“Well, it might be worse,” he confided to Bunting out in the corral.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
The stage was the bright spot, due to the decorations of flags, banners and bunting.Mixed Faces
- a coarse, loosely woven cotton fabric used for flags, etc
- decorative flags, pennants, and streamers
- flags collectively, esp those of a boat
- any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of the families Fringillidae (finches, etc) or Emberizidae, esp those of the genera Emberiza of the Old World and Passerina of North America. They all have short stout bills
- Basil . 1900–85, British poet, author of Briggflatts (1966)
- (of an animal) to butt (something) with the head or horns
- to cause (an aircraft) to fly in part of an inverted loop or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a loop
- US and Canadian (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
- the act or an instance of bunting
- nautical the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
- a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
Word Origin and History for bunting
"flag material," 1742, perhaps from Middle English bonting gerundive of bonten "to sift," because cloth was used for sifting grain, via Old French, from Vulgar Latin *bonitare "to make good."
lark-like bird, c.1300, bountyng, of unknown origin. Perhaps from buntin "plump" (cf. baby bunting, also Scots buntin "short and thick;" Welsh bontin "rump," and bontinog "big-assed"), or a double diminutive of French bon. Or it might be named in reference to speckled plumage and be from an unrecorded Old English word akin to German bunt "speckled," Dutch bont.
1825, "to strike with the head or horns," perhaps an alteration of butt (v.) with a goat in mind, or a survival from Middle English bounten "to return." As a baseball term from 1889. Related: Bunted; bunting.
1767, "a push;" see bunt (v.). Baseball sense is from 1889.