From Middle English bunche (“hump, swelling”), 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 panku (“total, entire”), Tocharian B pkante (“volume, fatness”), Lithuanian búožė (“knob”), Ancient Greek παχύς (pakhús, “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 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 (Project Gutenberg; EBook #14852), New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, published 1 February 2005 (Project Gutenberg version), 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.