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bunch

[ buhnch ]
/ bʌntʃ /
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noun

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).

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Origin of bunch

1275–1325; Middle English bunche; of uncertain origin

synonym study for bunch

1, 2. See bundle.

OTHER WORDS FROM bunch

un·bunched, adjective
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What is a basic definition of bunch?

A bunch is a group of things. Bunch can also specifically mean a group that is connected together. Used informally, a bunch is a group of people. As a verb, bunch means to gather into a group.

A bunch is a collection or group of items gathered into one place. If you have a bunch of papers on your desk, for example, you have many papers on your desk.

  • Used in a sentence: Angela was happy to see that there were a bunch of presents under the Christmas tree. 

The word bunch also refers to things that are connected together. In this sense, the items that make up the bunch are tied together or have something that connects them to each other.

  • Real-life examples: You might eat from a bunch of grapes and be left with just the stem. A maintenance person usually carries a bunch of keys on a ring.
  • Used in a sentence: I bought a small bunch of bananas. 

Informally, a bunch is a group of people.

  • Used in a sentence: A bunch of kids ran past us to watch the clown perform magic tricks. 

Bunch can be used to mean to gather into a group or cluster.

  • Used in a sentence: I bunched all of the wrapping paper into a ball and threw it in the trash. 

Where does bunch come from?

The first records of bunch come from around 1275. It comes from the Middle English bunche and is of an unknown origin.

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What are some other forms related to bunch?

  • bunchy (adjective)
  • unbunched (adjective)

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How is bunch used in real life?

Bunch is a common word that means a group of stuff or a group of people.

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Is bunch used correctly in the following sentence?

When she hit the piñata, a bunch of candy came spilling out and covered the floor.

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British Dictionary definitions for bunch

bunch
/ (bʌntʃ) /

noun

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

verb

(sometimes foll by up) to group or be grouped into a bunch
See also bunches

Word Origin for bunch

C14: of obscure origin
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