\ 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

Either way, this is San Diego’s best team since the feisty 2010 bunch that took the Giants to the finish line. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "MLB second-half storylines: Giants could do Bumgarner a favor by trading him," 13 July 2019 President Donald Trump poorly explains free speech to internet lunatics, another reason to dislike Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts and how the U.S. women’s soccer team made a bunch of man-babies sad. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Chicago immigrants fear ICE raids, never forget our original lagoon gators and other things to know to start your day," 12 July 2019 Jenner has been sharing a bunch of photos and Instagram stories from this enviable trip to Greece. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Kendall Jenner Wore a $57 Dress on Vacation—and It's Still in Stock," 12 July 2019 An off-duty police officer, in the park with his family, tried to stop a bunch of rowdy teenagers from fighting. Washington Post, "Police shooting of an Ethiopian Jew prompts a Black Lives Matter moment in Israel," 12 July 2019 But if your crowd size grows and your recipe increases, picking several bunches can get monotonously overwhelming. Claire Perez, sun-sentinel.com, "Claire’s tip of the week: Here’s how to deal with bunches of parsley," 12 July 2019 Their spaces were dominated by faux farmhouse furniture, along with such totemic accessories as bunches of dried lavender in pitchers, floral-print bedspreads and ceramic grasshoppers. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 The deserving bunch has captivated us all with their minute-to-minute social media updates of locker-room revelry and in-flight Champagne toasts. Catherine Scott, Vogue, "The USWNT Continued Celebrations With an Impromptu Yacht Party in NYC," 11 July 2019 How many Instagram photos feature a whitewashed stone wall with bunches of scarlet tomatoes pulled from the ground, plant and all, and hung upside down, or cherry tomatoes carefully threaded and hung as garlands? Evan Kleiman, latimes.com, "Sun-dried tomatoes, the Mickey Rourke of food, get their second act," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Milwaukee, Philly and Boston are the class of East, but the Magic are bunched with the next group of teams that includes Toronto, Indiana, Detroit, Miami and Brooklyn. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Nikola Vucevic is the anti-Dwight Howard — an all-star who realizes how good he has it in Orlando | Commentary," 8 July 2019 No other system has stops bunched so close together. oregonlive.com, "TriMet presents case for eliminating MAX stations, pledges to spruce up Skidmore Fountain stop," 26 June 2019 Tourists bunch up on the corner of 72nd Street and squint at the building’s German Renaissance flourishes. David Gambacorta, Longreads, "Took You By Surprise: John and Paul’s Lost Reunion," 25 June 2019 Next to that, Mara sat, prim, her orange coat bunched in her lap. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 Tables are bunched together at the draft in such a way that teams are within earshot of each other. Jimmy Greenfield, chicagotribune.com, "'I was ecstatic we got him’: The inside story of how the Blackhawks came to land Alex DeBrincat at the 2016 NHL draft," 18 June 2019 Out of the place where darkness was bunched at the back of the den the witness came forward. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "From a manuscript in progress. Carson’s collection of performance pieces," 10 June 2019 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

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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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