From Middle English bunche, bonche (“hump, swelling”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps a variant of *bunge (compare dialectal English bung (“heap, grape bunch”)), from Proto-Germanic *bunkō, *bunkô, *bungǭ (“heap, crowd”) (compare West Frisian bonke (“bone, lump, bump”), German Bunge (“tuber”), Danish bunke (“heap, pile”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ-, *bʰéng̑ʰus (“thick, dense, fat”) (compare Hittite [Term?] (/panku/, “total, entire”), Tocharian B pkante (“volume, fatness”), Lithuanian búožė (“knob”), Ancient Greek παχύς (pakhús, “thick”), Sanskrit बहु (bahú, “thick; much”)).
Alternatively, perhaps from a variant or diminutive of bump (compare hump/hunch, lump/lunch, etc.); or from dialectal Old French bonge ("bundle"; compare French bongeau, bonjeau, bonjot), from West Flemish bondje, diminutive of West Flemish bond (“bundle”).
bunch (plural bunches)
- A group of similar things, either growing together, or in a cluster or clump, usually fastened together.
- a bunch of grapes; a bunch of bananas; a bunch of keys; a bunch of yobs on a street corner
- 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
- I stumbled along through the young pines and huckleberry bushes. Pretty soon I struck into a sort of path that, I cal'lated, might lead to the road I was hunting for. It twisted and turned, and, the first thing I knew, made a sudden bend around a bunch of bayberry scrub and opened out into a big clear space like a lawn.
- (cycling) The peloton; the main group of riders formed during a race.
- An informal body of friends.
- He still hangs out with the same bunch.
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VI, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, […], the jewelled animals whose moral code is the code of the barnyard—!"
- (US, informal) A considerable amount.
- a bunch of trouble
- (informal) An unmentioned amount; a number.
- A bunch of them went down to the field.
- (forestry) A group of logs tied together for skidding.
- (geology, mining) An unusual concentration of ore in a lode or a small, discontinuous occurrence or patch of ore in the wallrock.
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- (textiles) The reserve yarn on the filling bobbin to allow continuous weaving between the time of indication from the midget feeler until a new bobbin is put in the shuttle.
- An unfinished cigar, before the wrapper leaf is added.
- Two to four filler leaves are laid end to end and rolled into the two halves of the binder leaves, making up what is called the bunch.
- A protuberance; a hunch; a knob or lump; a hump.
- (group of similar things): cluster, group
- (informal body of friends): pack, group, gang, circle
- (unusual concentration of ore): ore pocket, pocket, pocket of ore, kidney, nest, nest of ore, ore bunch, bunch of ore
- buncha (bunch of)
- (transitive) To gather into a bunch.
- (transitive) To gather fabric into folds.
- (intransitive) To form a bunch.
- (intransitive) To be gathered together in folds
- (intransitive) To protrude or swell
- Bunching out into a large round knob at one end.