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From Middle English bunche, bonche (hump, swelling), of uncertain origin.

Perhaps a variant of *bunge (compare dialectal bung (heap, grape bunch)), from Proto-Germanic *bunkō, *bunkô, *bungǭ (heap, crowd), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰenǵʰ-, *bʰéng̑ʰus (thick, dense, fat). Cognates include Saterland Frisian Bunke (bone), West Frisian bonke (bone, lump, bump), Dutch bonk (lump, bone), Low German Bunk (bone), German Bunge (tuber), Danish bunke (heap, pile), Faroese bunki (heap, pile); 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).


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  • IPA(key): /ˈbʌntʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌntʃ


a bunch of grapes

bunch (plural bunches)

  1. 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
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, chapter 21, in Dracula:
      When we had examined this last find, Lord Godalming and Quincey Morris taking accurate notes of the various addresses of the houses in the East and the South, took with them the keys in a great bunch, and set out to destroy the boxes in these places.
    • 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.
  2. (cycling) The peloton; the main group of riders formed during a race.
  3. 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—!"
  4. (US, informal) A considerable amount.
    a bunch of trouble
  5. (informal) An unmentioned amount; a number.
    A bunch of them went down to the field.
  6. (forestry) A group of logs tied together for skidding.
  7. (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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  8. (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.
  9. 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.
  10. A protuberance; a hunch; a knob or lump; a hump.


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bunch (third-person singular simple present bunches, present participle bunching, simple past and past participle bunched)

  1. (transitive) To gather into a bunch.
  2. (transitive) To gather fabric into folds.
  3. (intransitive) To form a bunch.
  4. (intransitive) To be gathered together in folds
  5. (intransitive) To protrude or swell
    • 1728, John Woodward, An Attempt towards a Natural History of the Fossils of England
      Bunching out into a large round knob at one end.


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