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 \ -​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

No Colombian had ever won a bunch sprint at the Tour. Joseph Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "Colombia’s Fernando Gaviria wins first stage of Tour de France," 7 July 2018 The Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo character, with the Mystery Machine bunch. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A lot of things get blamed on the dog. But this was a new one.," 6 July 2018 Both have tight waistbands that, while not uncomfortable, made the flesh at my hips bunch into unflattering lines. Kassondra Cloos, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Active Outdoor Underwear," 6 July 2018 As currently constructed, the Lakers are better than the ragtag Cav bunch that LeBron dragged to the Finals last year. Chris Gayomali, GQ, "The Upside of the Lakers," 2 July 2018 How can a person look in a 10-times magnification mirror, with glasses on, before going out to a lunch-bunch party then return and glance at the same mirror, still with glasses on, and see a single whisker on one’s chin or a zit on one’s nose? Marcy Meffert, San Antonio Express-News, "It’s not you; it’s the Twilight Zone and your pills," 22 June 2018 Cut 1 bunch radishes in half and arrange on a platter. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Slow-Roasted Onion Dip," 2 June 2018 Murphy and his writing / producing collaborators Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals introduce characters whose personalities and problems echo the Paris is Burning bunch. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Get ready for Ryan Murphy’s Pose by watching Paris is Burning this weekend," 1 June 2018 The 2011 bunch lost by one run to Franklin in the final with the tying run on base in the seventh. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baseball lifer, West Bend West's coach looks for a way to keep his edge without the game," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 That’s one giant traffic jam, with 12 players bunched at one under, even par or one over. Sam Farmer, latimes.com, "It's a crowded U.S. Open leaderboard, with big names and some not so well known," 15 June 2018 Instead of bunching up below or at the ankle bones, these leggings hit just above them. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "These Pants Are the Holy Grail of Running Leggings," 21 Apr. 2018 My toes felt as if my socks were bunched up beneath them, while the balls of my feet had become hypersensitive; a stray grain of cat litter underfoot was maddening. Lynn Peterson Mobley, Washington Post, "My athletic husband stumbled. He was tired. He had a disease we’d never heard of.," 8 July 2018 So in the third, the team bunched six singles into a big three-run uprising. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Pinto Gold, Maroon all-stars one step closer to Louisiana trip," 23 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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Dictionary Entries near bunch

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bunch bean

bunchberry

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

: a group of people or things that are together or are associated with each other in some way

: 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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