\ 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 Best of all, KitchenAid's stand mixer comes in a bunch of beautiful colors, ranging from classic mattes to bright reds and greens. Kelsey Mulvey, Good Housekeeping, "Wayfair Is Having a Major Sale on KitchenAid Stand Mixers Right Now," 29 Apr. 2020 That makes sense; dishes need to direct omnidirectional electromagnetic waves to a single point, and the backboard needs to direct the basketball into the net in a bunch of different scenarios. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "This Engineer's Never-Miss Basketball Hoop Will Make Anyone Look Like Jordan," 22 Apr. 2020 Klein’s plan was to add an optional and costly method called preimplantation genetic testing (PGT), to look for the most viable embryos in the bunch. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "The controversial add-on that promises to improve IVF," 19 Mar. 2020 Of those, the S20 Ultra boasts the burliest camera in the bunch. Popular Science, "Samsung’s 100x zooming smartphone camera requires a fancy lens and impossibly steady hands," 12 Feb. 2020 Collectors, whether of first-edition books, Star Trek trivia or first-pressing garage rock 45s, are an insular bunch, and a whole subset of film has been devoted to such communities. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Three new documentaries explore the enduring allure of a great record store," 17 Apr. 2020 Crafty Wonderland has a bunch of prints, as does Tender Loving Empire. oregonlive, "5 things you should buy with your government stimulus money," 16 Apr. 2020 The first two Steam Game Festivals allowed players to go hands-on with a bunch of indie games, including SkateBird, the System Shock reboot, Coffee Talk, and more. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Valve supplants E3 with its third all-digital Steam Game Festival—and this one could be huge," 13 Apr. 2020 Among them was Richard Feynman, the quirkiest and most brilliant of the bunch. Quanta Magazine, "Remembering the Unstoppable Freeman Dyson," 13 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 One thing driving the tendency to bunch up in groups is the culture of the Tenderloin. Kevin Fagan, SFChronicle.com, "Overcrowding on San Francisco’s Tenderloin streets — a bad scene getting worse in the coronavirus crisis," 10 Apr. 2020 These are made from 100 percent cotton and come with inside ties to prevent the comforter from bunching up inside. Leeron Hoory, Popular Science, "Unspeakably soft duvet covers that bring personality to your bedroom," 26 Dec. 2019 The socks clung to my feet, curving smoothly around my toes and up my instep before clinging securely to the back of my heel (yep, no more excess fabric attractively bunching up and spilling over the back of my shoe). Christa Sgobba, SELF, "I Finally Found Running Socks That Fit, and I Haven’t Had a Blister Since," 21 Feb. 2020 But in this year’s crowded and closely bunched field, the metrics of success may well be messier. John Mccormick, WSJ, "Democrats Play Game of Expectations Ahead of Iowa Vote," 1 Feb. 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

20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bunch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bunch. Accessed 28 May. 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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