\ 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 no doubt that the Imam Ali Battalions are a bunch of war criminals. Zack Kopplin, The New Republic, "Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani’s Terrorists, It Bribed Them," 10 Jan. 2020 The good news is there’s a bunch of teams who are struggling just like the Deer have been all season. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "With district’s arrival, can Deer Park shed its struggling way?," 2 Jan. 2020 There are a bunch of different ways to pluck a duck. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "How to Butcher a Duck," 27 Dec. 2019 There are a bunch of points to count on this incredible buck—47 scoreable ones, to be exact. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The 20 Best Bucks of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 In 1994, after the release of Gillian Armstrong’s film adaptation of Little Women, the New York Times ran an essay defending Amy’s behavior and arguing that her worst traits made her the best of the March bunch. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Greta Gerwig’s Little Women Gives Amy March Her Due," 23 Dec. 2019 There are a whole bunch of reasons why early December is the best time to buy sheets. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Your Guide to the Best Parachute and Brooklinen Cyber Monday Deals," 2 Dec. 2019 Charles & Keith: Select styles from Charles & Keith are up to 50% off, plus a bunch of holiday-ready, full-price items are 20% off. Staff, CNN Underscored, "Cyber Monday 2019: 100+ of the best deals you can start shopping now," 1 Dec. 2019 So have a bunch of other outlets, for weeks on end, including today. Wired, "Trump's Ukraine Server Delusion Is Spreading," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb He was dressed in football shorts and a tracksuit top that bunched like a paper bag. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 She was bruised and nude from the waist down; her pantyhose and girdle bunched around her knees. Anchorage Daily News, "FBI: Inmate is the deadliest serial killer in US history," 8 Oct. 2019 She was bruised and nude from the waist down; her pantyhose and girdle bunched around her knees. Tamara Lush And Adrian Sainz, chicagotribune.com, "California inmate who claims to have killed 90 women is most prolific serial killer in U.S. history, FBI says," 7 Oct. 2019 The slot receiver has caused so many problems, in fact, teams are starting to take their outside receivers and bunch them closer to the formation, giving them more space to work. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "A different world on the inside: What it’s like to play in -- and defend -- the slot in the NFL," 20 Sep. 2019 Davis said the Dolphins bunched their three interior linemen together to prevent the Patriots’ pass rushers from running picks and stunts up front. BostonGlobe.com, "The Dolphins were thrilled to hear the Patriots fans booing their team right before halftime. And the Dolphins were thrilled to end their season on the highest of notes.," 31 Dec. 2019 By Maddie Vincent, The Aspen Times Just before 11:30 a.m. Monday, more than 20 people sat in chairs and on couches bunched together in the Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar. The Aspen Times, The Denver Post, "Aspen service-industry workers finding strength, relief in mental health gathering," 26 Dec. 2019 The merino-nylon-Lycra blend is thick and soft, with comfortable squish underfoot and compression at the heel, arch, ankle, and lower calf that keeps the Micro Crew from sliding down and bunching. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Plenty Comfortable and Good Looking to Boot, These are the Best Hiking Socks," 23 Sep. 2019 Mr Trudeau may have the edge because many of Mr Scheer’s votes are bunched in the oil-producing western provinces. The Economist, "Climate change dominates Canada’s election," 10 Oct. 2019

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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

15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bunch.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunches. Accessed 25 January 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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