\ 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

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 There is a bunch of evidence that protests are sensitive to weather, and when rain happens it is much less likely people engage in protests. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "How Violent Protests Change Politics," 29 May 2020 In short, WarnerMedia is using HBO to sell a whole bunch of other content in an effort to compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Is a new version of “Justice League” a sign of HBO’s future?," 26 May 2020 Bumblebees are a resourceful bunch: when pollen is scarce and plants near the nest are not yet flowering, workers have developed a way to force them to bloom. Jim Daley, Scientific American, "Bumblebees Bite Plants to Force Them to Flower (Seriously)," 21 May 2020 There are a bunch of reasons why a result may not show up a second time around, including important but unnoticed differences in how the experiment is run or differences between subjects from disparate times or cultures. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Humans are complicated—do we need behavioral science to get through this?," 16 May 2020 Put Bananas in a Warm Spot Put your bunch on top of your refrigerator or next to a sunny window. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "How to Ripen Bananas in the Oven," 14 May 2020 There’s another example around 5:30, where the player character’s fantasy-flashlight reflects off a bunch of metal objects in a treasure chamber. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo looks stunning, and how the new graphics work is just as important," 13 May 2020 There are a bunch of guys out there who are top candidates and deserve it. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "North Oldham basketball star Justin Powell discusses life after surgery, heading to Auburn," 11 May 2020 There are no tables—just a bunch of old rusty, lobster traps masquerading as them. Molly Baz, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite (Only?) Way to Escape Right Now Is Making This Seafood Chowder," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Then there are problem areas like bathrooms and concession stands, which typically feature long lines and groups of people bunched up together. John Talty | Jtalty@al.com, al, "Which fans can attend a CFB game this fall? Can social distancing work?," 21 May 2020 Carolyn Rogers, founder of in Atlanta, likes bunching cords together with Velcro ties to create one manageable package. Washington Post, "Don’t let tangled — or too many — cords create chaos at home," 19 May 2020 The snapshots of people bunched together on sidewalks elicited rebukes from university President Samuel Stanley and City Council Member Aaron Stephens. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Baby Boomers, Millennials and Gen Z: The fight for empathy during coronavirus pandemic," 27 Mar. 2020 At the outset, there appears no standout title contender for this season’s Championship, rather a cluster of sides bunched together, many of whom seem to be proverbially on the brink of promotion. SI.com, "Football League: Preview of the 2019/20 Championship, League One & League Two Season," 2 Aug. 2019 In areas like trading desks where staff are bunched together, plastic partitions will likely be set up, according to a Citigroup spokesman. Cathy Chan, Bloomberg.com, "Citi, HSBC Opening Asia Offices Show Way for Rest of World," 15 May 2020 The Browns had the top four tackles ranked fairly closely, with three bunched up and one lagging a little bit behind. cleveland, "On Jedrick Wills, Trent Williams, Odell Beckham & Isaiah Simmons: An inside look at the Browns’ draft," 24 Apr. 2020 Five Dolphins were spread out to the left, four more bunched to the right. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Bears Thursday storylines: A discussion of offensive trickery, a game-winning confidence boost and playoff dreams at 6-6," 4 Dec. 2019 With traffic down by 60%, the city began adjusting stop lights last week to prevent any pedestrians from bunching up at crosswalk signals. Los Angeles Times, "Seattle may be through the worst of coronavirus, but the stunned city is not celebrating," 14 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of bunch was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunch. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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