- several objects or a quantity of material gathered or bound together: a bundle of hay.
- an item, group, or quantity wrapped for carrying; package.
- a number of things considered together: a bundle of ideas.
- Slang. a great deal of money: He made a bundle in the market.
- Botany. an aggregation of strands of specialized conductive and mechanical tissues.
- Also called bundle of isoglosses. Dialect Geography. a group of close isoglosses running in approximately the same direction, especially when taken as evidence of an important dialect division.
- Anatomy, Zoology. an aggregation of fibers, as of nerves or muscles.
- to tie together or wrap in a bundle: Bundle the newspapers for the trash man.
- to send away hurriedly or unceremoniously (usually followed by off, out, etc.): They bundled her off to the country.
- to offer or supply (related products or services) in a single transaction at one all-inclusive price.
- to leave hurriedly or unceremoniously (usually followed by off, out, etc.): They indignantly bundled out of the meeting.
- (especially of sweethearts during courtship in early New England) to lie in the same bed while fully clothed, as for privacy and warmth in a house where an entire family shared one room with a fireplace.
- bundle up, to dress warmly or snugly: A blizzard was raging but the children were all bundled up.
- drop one's bundle, Australian and New Zealand Slang. to lose confidence or hope.
Origin of bundle
- a number of things or a quantity of material gathered or loosely bound togethera bundle of sticks Related adjective: fascicular
- something wrapped or tied for carrying; package
- slang a large sum of money
- go a bundle on slang to be extremely fond of
- biology a collection of strands of specialized tissue such as nerve fibres
- botany short for vascular bundle
- textiles a measure of yarn or cloth; 60 000 yards of linen yarn; 5 or 10 pounds of cotton hanks
- drop one's bundle
- Australian and NZ slangto panic or give up hope
- NZ slangto give birth
- (tr often foll by up) to make into a bundle
- (foll by out, off, into etc) to go or cause to go, esp roughly or unceremoniouslywe bundled him out of the house
- (tr usually foll by into) to push or throw, esp quickly and untidilyto bundle shirts into a drawer
- (tr) to sell (computer hardware and software) as one indivisible package
- (tr) to give away (a relatively cheap product) when selling an expensive one to attract businessseveral free CDs are often bundled with music centres
- (intr) to sleep or lie in one's clothes on the same bed as one's betrothed: formerly a custom in New England, Wales, and elsewhere
Word Origin and History for drop one's bundle
early 14c., "bound collection of things," from Middle Dutch bondel, diminutive of bond, from binden "to bind," or perhaps a merger of this word and Old English byndele "binding," from Proto-Germanic *bundilin (cf. German bündel "to bundle"), from PIE root *bhendh- "tie" (see bend (v.)). Meaning "a lot of money" is from 1899. To be a bundle of nerves "very anxious" is from 1938.
1620s, "to make into a bundle," from bundle (n.); meaning "to wrap up in warm heavy clothes" is from 1893. Meaning "to sleep with another, clothed, in the same bed," a noted former custom in New England, is from 1781. Meaning "to send away hurriedly" is from 1823. Related: Bundled; bundling.
- A structure composed of a group of fibers, such as a fasciculus.
Idioms and Phrases with drop one's bundle
In addition to the idiom beginning with bundle
- bundle of nerves
- make a bundle