Meaning of BUNCH in English


I. ˈbənch noun

( -es )

Etymology: Middle English bunche; perhaps akin to Dutch bonk bone, mass (as of flesh), cluster (of fruits), Old High German bungo tuber, Old Norse bunki cargo, bunga hump, Greek pachys thick — more at pachy-

1. : protuberance , hump , swelling


a. : aggregate , cluster , tuft

a bunch of odds and ends out of the attic

a bunch of grapes

pull up a bunch of grass

especially : an aggregate of things of the same kind existing as a natural group or considered together

a bunch of cattle

a bunch of liberals

b. : a group of friends bound together by intimate social or cultural ties

he was the handiest with tools in our bunch — John O'Hara

3. : a small irregular ore body

4. : the filler and binder of a cigar without the wrapper


a. : a proposal in various card games that the current deal be called off for a new deal

b. : an alternative name for any game in which this proposal is permitted ; especially : such a form of auction pitch

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English bunchen, from bunche protuberance

intransitive verb

1. : to swell into a protuberance : protrude — usually used with out

his shoulder and arm muscles bunched out with the effort of lifting

2. : to gather into clusters, tufts, or groups — often used with up

3. : to throw in playing cards for a new deal in a card game : assemble the cards for shuffling and dealing — compare bunch I 5

transitive verb

1. : to form into a bunch: as

a. : to group together : assemble

bunching cattle preparatory to shipment

more than 2000 saloons that were bunched at the southern end of Manhattan — John Lardner

b. : to make into a cluster or tuft

onions sent to West Indian ports were always strung or bunched — American Guide Series: Connecticut

c. : to fill out : make protuberant

a raised chair that was bunched out with cushions — V.S.Pritchett

d. : to form or pull or squeeze into a small compact unit

I wish you wouldn't bunch the paper so — A.J.Cronin

all his fingers bunched together on his chest — Richard Llewellyn

e. : to make into a usually compact pile — usually used with up

bunching up haycocks and pitching them into wagons — Christopher Rand

2. : to assemble (railroad cars) for loading or unloading in excess of the number ordered or of the number which can be handled at one time with available loading and unloading facilities

III. “, ˈbu̇n- transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-es )

Etymology: Middle English bunchen, perhaps of imitative origin

dialect Britain : to strike especially with the foot : kick

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