- 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
Synonyms for 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 for 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.
- A structure composed of a group of fibers, such as a fasciculus.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bundle
- bundle of nerves
- make a bundle