From Middle English bunche (“hump, swelling”), variant of *bunge (compare dialectal English bung (“heap, grape bunch”)), from Proto-Germanic *bunkōn, *bunkan, *bungōn (“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 panku (“total, entire”), Tocharian B pkante (“volume, fatness”), Lithuanian búožė (“knob”), Ancient Greek παχύς (pachýs, “thick”), Sanskrit बहु (bahú, “thick; much”)).
bunch (plural bunches)
- A group of a number of similar things, either growing together, or in a cluster or clump, usually fastened together.
- a bunch of grapes; a bunch of yobs on a street corner
- a bunch of keys
- a bunch of bananas
- (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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (tobacco) 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.
- (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
Derived terms 
- 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.