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

Not through a bunch of free agents getting together and deciding to play together, like has happened in the past and may happen this summer, but largely through the draft. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "No sarcastic laughter on Warriors’ draft night now," 22 June 2018 The women were a jolly bunch, laughing and joking together. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 This is a lively and eclectic bunch, ranging from the sedate English countryside to the furthest reaches of time and space. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 20 best TV series of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 In that case, gulping a bunch of cold air (or running into some other asthma trigger) can make your airways inflamed and narrow, über-mucous-y, and also make the muscles around them constrict, the NHLBI explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s Why It Hurts So Much to Breathe Cold Air," 19 Oct. 2018 While at a fundraiser in the early 2000s one night, Kathie Lee spotted Paul talking with a bunch of folks. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The True Story Behind Kathie Lee Gifford's "Profound" Moment With Paul Newman," 12 Dec. 2018 Like so many of our favorite beauty brands, Kylie Cosmetics has decided to celebrate this day of shopping with a bunch of deals. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Kylie Cosmetics Black Friday Deals You Need to Buy," 23 Nov. 2018 Start with a bunch of mezze like hummus, spanakopita, and grape leaves; for entrées, try one of the fresh catches on the blackboard specials. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 For hair, cut a length of natural raffia, glue middle of bunch to top of squash, then tie ends into pigtails with thin cotton ribbon. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 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

: 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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