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 formsun·bunched, adjective

Synonyms for bunch

1, 2. lot, batch.

Synonym study

1, 2. See bundle.
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Examples from the Web for bunched

Historical Examples of bunched

  • They had bunched up their horses and tied them to a tree while they cut up the kill.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • He attacked them when he caught them alone, and they attacked him when they were bunched.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • The beast's powerful chest-muscles were bunched for the spring when Stillman acted.

    Small World

    William F. Nolan

  • And say, that was the wooziest collection ever bunched together!

    Shorty McCabe

    Sewell Ford

  • She bunched her red lips for a kiss, like a child, and advanced her head.

    Despair's Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

British Dictionary definitions for bunched



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
See also bunches

Word Origin for bunch

C14: of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bunched



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.

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