Meaning of BUNCH in English


I. bunch 1 S2 /bʌntʃ/ BrE AmE noun

1 . GROUP OF THINGS [countable] a group of things that are fastened, held, or growing together

bunch of

I’ll send her a bunch of flowers.

He had a bunch of keys on his belt.

a bunch of grapes

2 . GROUP OF PEOPLE [singular] informal a group of people:

The ancient Egyptians were a clever bunch.

bunch of

a friendly bunch of people

3 . the best/pick of the bunch the best among a group of people or things

4 . LARGE AMOUNT [singular] American English informal a large number of people or things, or a large amount of something

bunch of

There’s a whole bunch of places I want to visit.

5 . bunches [plural] British English if a girl wears her hair in bunches, she ties it together at each side of her head

⇨ thanks a bunch at ↑ thanks (5)

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■ phrases

▪ a bunch of flowers/roses/daffodils etc

I picked a bunch of flowers from the garden.

▪ a bunch of keys

A bunch of keys dangled from his belt.

▪ a bunch of grapes

She served the cheese with a bunch of black grapes.

▪ a bunch of bananas

Bunches of bananas hung in the trees.

▪ a bunch of herbs/parsley/thyme etc

You might like to add a bunch of fresh herbs to the stock.

II. bunch 2 BrE AmE ( also bunch together , bunch up ) verb

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to stay close together in a group, or to make people do this:

The children bunched together in small groups.

John stopped, forcing the rest of the group to bunch up behind him.

2 . [intransitive and transitive] to make part of your body tight, or to become tight like this:

Sean bunched his fists.

3 . [intransitive and transitive] to pull material together tightly in folds:

She bunched the cloth up and threw it away.

4 . [transitive] to hold or tie things together in a bunch

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.