1. a connected group; cluster: a bunch of grapes.
  2. a group of things: a bunch of papers.
  3. Informal. a group of people: They're a fine bunch of students.
  4. a knob; lump; protuberance.
verb (used with object)
  1. to group together; make a bunch of.
verb (used without object)
  1. to gather into a cluster; gather together.
  2. (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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British Dictionary definitions for bunching


  1. a number of things growing, fastened, or grouped togethera bunch of grapes; a bunch of keys
  2. a collection; groupa bunch of queries
  3. informal a group or companya bunch of boys
  4. archaic a protuberance
  1. (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 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.

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