verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of bunch
Examples from the Web for bunching
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
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
With bunching muscles he writhed inch by inch to one side, out of the path of the flow of the acid.The Master Mystery|Arthur B. Reeve and John W. Grey
Meanwhile the Cardinals struck a batting streak, and made good, bunching their hits.Baseball Joe in the Big League|Lester Chadwick
When we put every third man on the grass, they halted, bunching closer, and we pumped it to 'em for keeps.Plain Mary Smith|Henry Wallace Phillips
Word Origin for bunch
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.