bunch

noun
\ ˈbənch \

Definition of bunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2a : a number of things of the same kind a bunch of grapes
b : group sense 2a a bunch of friends
c : a considerable amount : lot a bunch of money

bunch

verb
bunched; bunching; bunches

Definition of bunch (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

2 : to form a group or cluster often used with up

transitive verb

: to form into a bunch

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Other Words from bunch

Noun

bunchily \ ˈbən-​chə-​lē \ adverb
bunchy \ ˈbən-​chē \ adjective

Examples of bunch in a Sentence

Noun

He always had a bunch of keys on his belt. Dried herbs hung in bunches from the kitchen rafters.

Verb

The child's tights bunched at the ankles. the dress bunches a bit at the waist
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Led by Adrian Melott, professor emeritus of physics and astronomy at the University of Kansas, the study proposes that a supernova, or perhaps a whole bunch of them, may be to blame. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 2018 We’re not the links that the money’s going into, and so there are a bunch of different companies out there of all different sizes. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: RevUp CEO Steve Spinner on Recode Decode," 12 Nov. 2018 Similarly, Instagram is filled with fan accounts dedicated to the pop culture and style of basically every decade, including the ’00s; follow a bunch of them and suddenly time is a flat circle. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "How the Great Recession influenced a decade of design," 27 Dec. 2018 The AVs that made the biggest splash in 2018 were the least flashy of the bunch. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 What's in the Box Challenge Grab a bunch of objects around the house and put them in a box one by one. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "25 Fun Challenges to Play With Your Friends," 27 Nov. 2018 Now unclamp the bundle—you’ve got a bunch of perfectly rectangular pieces and are ready to assemble your perfectly woodworked fence. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How To Cut a Bunch of Wood the Exact Same Width," 8 Nov. 2018 Orly’s slices up a bunch of white and yellow onions and tosses them in for a long pickle brine soak. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Orly’s BBQ," 6 July 2018 Oh, and a bunch of Cincinnati Police Department vehicles. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "Watch: Bruce Willis gets into a gunfight on the Roebling Bridge in new 'Reprisal' trailer," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That hype will apply to the two Cubs-Brewers series in September if the NL Central standings stay so bunched up — but not now. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "I-94 rivalry series is much bigger to first-place Brewers than red-hot Cubs," 11 June 2018 Getty ImagesDaniel Zuchnik Hilariously, Rodriguez also gave us a sneak peek of how J.Lo got that enormous train to the venue: bunched up like an enormous, pink loofah. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Alex Rodriguez Was the Sweetest Boyfriend at J.Lo's Movie Premiere," 13 Dec. 2018 Full-length styles tend to bunch up below or at the ankle, which is uncomfortable, can interfere with my workouts, and accentuates my shorter-than-average legs. Talia Abbas, SELF, "I’m 5'1" and These Are 12 of My Favorite Cropped and Capri Leggings," 17 Nov. 2018 One way around the new higher hurdles for deducting donations is to bunch them, combining several years’ gifts into one larger amount every few years. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Tax Law—Before the End of the Year," 2 Nov. 2018 The league has been bunched up this year, with the top nine teams between 5.5 games of each other. Cincinnati.com, "Freedom players head to all-star game," 10 July 2018 Now all four teams are bunched up together, a mere four games separating the first from the fourth, and Los Angeles is coming on hard. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "MLB playoff outlook: Astros, Red Sox are locks, but for 10 teams, it's wait 'til next year," 29 May 2018 The length is nearly a foot shorter than the XC60, but the roof height is nearly the same—thus the XC40’s stubby, studly stance, bunched with compression. Dan Neil, WSJ, "2019 Volvo XC40: Routine Ride, Premium Price," 8 June 2018 Out in the pasture, past the barbwire fence that surrounds his Jackson County ranch house, Birdseye saw about 75 of his cows, tightly bunched in a defensive triangular formation, nervously staring at something behind him. Kale Williams, OregonLive.com, "As Oregon wolves rebound, tensions rise over livestock attacks," 10 June 2018

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First Known Use of bunch

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for bunch

Noun

Middle English bunche

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bunch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of bunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of things of the same kind that are held or tied together or that grow together
somewhat informal : a group of people or things that are together or are associated with each other in some way
chiefly US, somewhat informal : a large amount

bunch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put (things or people) together in a group or bunch
: to form a group
of clothing : to form a group of tight folds on or around part of your body

bunch

noun
\ ˈbənch \

Kids Definition of bunch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a number of things of the same kind growing together a bunch of grapes
2 : group entry 1 sense 1 a bunch of children

bunch

verb
bunched; bunching

Kids Definition of bunch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to gather in a bunch The kids bunched together in the playground.

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