\ ˈbənch How to pronounce bunch (audio) \

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


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


bunchily \ ˈbən-​chə-​lē How to pronounce bunchily (audio) \ adverb
bunchy \ ˈbən-​chē How to pronounce bunchy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bunch in a Sentence


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


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

But a bunch of business groups,including Rooney’s outfit, fought a tax on millionaires that would have provided an estimated $2 billion a year in funding for transportation and education. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Seeing red over the mess that is the MBTA," 15 June 2019 Now, that’s not to say that the other teams didn’t go out and do a bunch of other things. Tony Baranek, Daily Southtown, "Say 'Hay': Beecher's Kevin Hayhurst is the 2019 Daily Southtown Softball Coach of the Year," 14 June 2019 The list of things subject to sales tax drastically expanded in 2003, when a bunch of the charges for personal care, laundry, satellite broadcasting and storage units were added to the taxable column. cleveland.com, "Ohio charges sales tax on Amazon Prime memberships, a ton of other services: Money Matters," 12 June 2019 Boeing, in looking to outdo a competitor, made some less-than-ideal decisions about the plane and basically used software to get around a bunch of other problems with the model. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Delta’s CEO says the Boeing 737 Max 8 scandal has “traumatized” the aviation industry," 12 June 2019 Something that barely affects one person could leave another curled up in the fetal position with stomach cramps, which is why Sasson cautions against throwing back a bunch of cheese without giving it a try first. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "These Are the Cheeses That Have the Lowest Levels of Lactose," 11 June 2019 The Colts in 2015 were a smoke-and-mirrors bunch that had overachieved by reaching the 2014 season’s AFC title game, an aging team that had peaked and was about to fall off a cliff. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Colts QB Andrew Luck is injured AND EVERYONE SEEMS OK WITH IT," 11 June 2019 This frenzied bunch is responsible for setting cryptocurrency prices each day. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "The rationalist’s case for buying bitcoin," 10 June 2019 At the end of Game of Thrones, Grey Worm, the leader of the Unsullied, loads his people on a bunch of ships and sails for Naath. Carrie Wittmer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones: Why It's Significant That Grey Worm Is Going to Naath," 28 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As pedestrians bunch together under storefronts, there is quiet for a moment, and then the ambulances begin to wail. Louisa Loveluck, Washington Post, "Anger and fear along Turkey’s border as offensive brings the war back home," 7 Feb. 2018 Instead of getting your sheets all bunched up at the end of the bed, this bedding set comes with a twist—or a snap, as the company says. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "These Top Sheets Snap to Your Duvet, So You Never Get Tangled Up in Bed Again," 22 Feb. 2019 There were strings of all-green bulbs and strings of all blue — a personal favorite — hastily bunched into grapefruit-sized galaxies. Al Kemp, The Seattle Times, "How I came to grips with a downsized Christmas," 12 Dec. 2018 Henrik Stenson is four back, and Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas are bunched at the top of the leaderboard. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Masters live tracker: Tiger Woods, Patrick Reed and the field will have to battle rain in third round," 7 Apr. 2018 These popular accounts enable donors to bunch smaller gifts into one large amount and take a deduction in the year of the gift. WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: Charitable-Donation Deduction," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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First Known Use of bunch


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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

History and Etymology for bunch


Middle English bunche

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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



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


\ ˈbənch How to pronounce bunch (audio) \

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


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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