\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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from bunch


bunchily \ˈbən-​chə-​lē \ adverb
bunchy \-​chē \ 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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

This animal was different enough from W. manneringi to suggest that the birds were already a diverse bunch. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Kitchens tend to have a bunch of tiny things that take up space and don't really fit together. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "How to Organize Your Home in 2019, According to Marie Kondo," 29 Oct. 2018 The women use bunches of dried rock-rose branches to light a fast-burning fire in the oven, and the fragrant smoke that fills the courtyard will let everyone in town know that someone is baking bread today. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Here’s a bunch of innocent kids in their own hometown. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Card Luke Hancock sympathetic, but law seems to be on NCAA's side," 11 July 2018 Grady chooses the most talented and tries to include locals among the bunch. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "On Hampton Beach, a stunning art display rises from mounds of sand," 14 June 2018 Peloton’s million members are an enthusiastic, vocal bunch. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "Peloton’s $2,000 stationary bike has totally disrupted working out at home," 14 Nov. 2018 The combined effect of two touch screens, a bunch of buttons, and a rotary knob is clunky, and the whole mess feels out of place in what is otherwise a very technology-forward vehicle. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 These can contain a bunch of different types of tissue including—gulp—hair, skin, and teeth. Korin Miller, SELF, "The Three Types of Ovarian Cancer You Should Know," 1 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bunch.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bunch

Dictionary Entries near bunch





bunch bean



Statistics for bunch

Last Updated

3 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bunch

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bunch



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



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 \

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bunch

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bunch

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bunch

Spanish Central: Translation of bunch

Nglish: Translation of bunch for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bunch for Arabic Speakers

Comments on bunch

What made you want to look up bunch? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to move with a clumsy heavy tread

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!