bunting

1
[ buhn-ting ]
/ ˈbʌn tɪŋ /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. bunsen's solubility coefficient,
  2. bunsen, robert wilhelm,
  3. bunt,
  4. bunt order,
  5. buntal,
  6. buntline,
  7. buntline, ned,
  8. bunton,
  9. bunya,
  10. bunya-bunya

Origin of bunting

1
1735–45; perhaps orig. “sifting cloth,” hence bunt to sift (Middle English bonten) + -ing1

bunting

2
[ buhn-ting ]
/ ˈbʌn tɪŋ /

noun

any of several small, chiefly seed-eating birds of the genera Emberiza, Passerina, and Plectrophenax.

Origin of bunting

2
1250–1300; Middle English < ?

bunting

3
[ buhn-ting ]
/ ˈbʌn tɪŋ /

noun

a hooded sleeping garment for infants.

Origin of bunting

3
First recorded in 1920–25; special use of bunting1

Also called sleeper.

bunt

1
[ buhnt ]
/ bʌnt /

verb (used with object)

(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.

verb (used without object)

to push (something) with the horns or head.
Baseball. to bunt a ball.

noun

a push with the head or horns; butt.
Baseball.
  1. the act of bunting.
  2. a bunted ball.

Origin of bunt

1
1760–70; orig. British dial. (Central and S England): push, strike; of obscure origin

Related formsbunt·er, noun

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bunting

1
/ (ˈbʌntɪŋ) /

noun

a coarse, loosely woven cotton fabric used for flags, etc
decorative flags, pennants, and streamers
flags collectively, esp those of a boat

Word Origin for bunting

C18: of unknown origin

noun

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

Word Origin for bunting

C13: of unknown origin

Bunting

/ (ˈbʌntɪŋ) /

noun

Basil . 1900–85, British poet, author of Briggflatts (1966)

bunt

1
/ (bʌnt) /

verb

(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

noun

the act or an instance of bunting

Word Origin for bunt

C19: perhaps nasalized variant of butt ³

bunt

2
/ (bʌnt) /

noun

nautical the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail

Word Origin for bunt

C16: perhaps from Middle Low German bunt bundle

bunt

3
/ (bʌnt) /

noun

a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)

Word Origin for bunt

C17: of unknown origin

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