bunting

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Etymology 1[edit]

Bunting on display for day 3 of the 2012 Olympic torch relay, in Devon, UK
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Possibly from dialect bunting (sifting flour), from Middle English bonten (to sift), hence the material used for that purpose. Possibly from Germanic bundt (to bind or tie together).

Noun[edit]

bunting (countable and uncountable, plural buntings)

  1. Strips of material used as festive decoration, especially in the colours of the national flag.
  2. (nautical) A thin cloth of woven wool from which flags are made; it is light enough to spread in a gentle wind but resistant to fraying in a strong wind.
  3. Flags considered as a group.
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Etymology 2[edit]

A black-headed bunting (Emberiza melanocephala)
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From Middle English bunting, bountyng, buntynge (also as Middle English buntyle), of uncertain origin. Possibly a reference to speckled plumage, from an unrecorded Middle English *bunt (spotted, speckled, pied) akin to Dutch bont, Middle Low German bunt, bont, German bunt (multi-coloured) +‎ -ing (diminutive suffix).[1]

Noun[edit]

bunting (plural buntings)

  1. Any of various songbirds, mostly of the genus Emberiza, having short bills and brown or gray plumage.
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Etymology 3[edit]

1922,[2] apparently from Scots buntin (plump, short and thick (esp. of children)),[3][4] itself an old term of endearment for children (1660s); the sense “plump” dates to the 1500s,[3] and may be related to bunt (belly of a sail). Possibly related to butt ((both noun and verb sense: buttocks; strike with head))[3] or to bunny (rabbit). Compare with the nursery rhyme Bye, baby Bunting (1731), either of same origin or influenced this sense.[5]

Noun[edit]

bunting (plural buntings)

  1. A warm, hooded infant garment, as outerwear or sleepwear, similar to a sleeper or sleepsack; especially as baby bunting or bunting bag.

Etymology 4[edit]

Verb[edit]

bunting

  1. present participle of bunt

Noun[edit]

bunting (countable and uncountable, plural buntings)

  1. A pushing action.
  2. A strong timber; a stout prop.
  3. (obsolete) An old boys' game, played with sticks and a small piece of wood.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Douglas Harper, “bunting”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
  2. ^ bunting”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 “Bye, baby bunting”, in Grammarphobia[1], April 13, 2010
  4. ^ See John Jamieson, An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language (1808-25): buntin “short and thick; as a buntin brat, a plump child.”
  5. ^ Merriam-Webster’s New International Dictionary (unabridged 2nd edition)

Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Malay bunting, from Classical Malay bunting.

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bunting

  1. (derogatory) to be pregnant, to get pregnant

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