Definition of bunch in English:



  • 1A number of things, typically of the same kind, growing or fastened together.

    ‘a bunch of grapes’
    • ‘The first bunches of asparagus, the early strawberries and runner beans, the green and cream stripes of the marrow all signpost the changing seasons for the cook.’
    • ‘After about 10 to 14 days, the bunches must be turned over to dry the other side.’
    • ‘Bluebells and daffodils gathered in huge bunches where there was enough sun for them to flourish.’
    • ‘The term ‘arch’ may seem a little misleading for what was often no more than bunches of flowers, ribbons, coloured paper, and boughs of trees which were tied to a rope and suspended across a street.’
    • ‘Traditionally, mastheads and yardarms of RN ships were decorated with bunches of greenery, a task carried out by the boatswain's party in the dark hours of the night on December 24.’
    • ‘As he talks, Sompong rolls bunches of flowers into old newspapers.’
    • ‘Upon staining, these round bacteria are visualized in clumps that resemble bunches of grapes.’
    • ‘Over the course of two days, women dressed in traditional Valencian finery carrying bunches of carnations troop into the square to the accompaniment of folk bands and TV cameras.’
    • ‘Two years on, however, and his major triumphs at the store remain the introduction of five new herbs and the fact that you can now buy flat leaf parsley in bigger bunches.’
    • ‘Tulips, which are most often sold in casual bunches of 6 to 10 stems, are part of the growing trend toward integrating flowers into everyday American life.’
    • ‘On a cluster of six or seven bananas, growers are allowed only the equivalent of one shirt button-sized blemish and no more than two blemished bunches per 15 kg box.’
    • ‘The boys and girls placed bunches of flowers around the Dragon in a big circle.’
    • ‘At each sampling, healthy berries from different bunches and from different parts of the bunches were collected.’
    • ‘As you may have noticed, many of his creations for this collection features a bunch of flowers around the neck.’
    • ‘Several bunches of roses, carnations, and pomegranate flowers presented an entire spectrum of reds to which was added the stark red of a peasant woman's handkerchief, made even more vivid by the light of a lamp.’
    • ‘Carried in abundant heavy bunches along its branches, they seem to glisten in early winter sunlight.’
    • ‘The green wheat stalks are harvested and gathered in bunches, then roasted in the fields over an open wood or charcoal fire.’
    • ‘The bunch of ribbon is pinched at the left side, held with a fake rose.’
    • ‘Rohitha bought several bunches of bananas and all the papaya fruits on display, while Pala bought a packet each of the green gram, sesame and ranawara.’
    • ‘Although the flowers may be small, they last an extremely long time and are found in profuse bunches at the ends of long flower stems.’
    bouquet, spray, posy, nosegay, corsage
    cluster, clump, knot
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    1. 1.1informal A group of people.
      ‘the people who wrote in complaining are a bunch of idiots’
      ‘I was awoken by a bunch of rowdy drunkards’
      • ‘Rangers are a committed bunch but there is no substitute for playing and they are too shy on football activity in a club chasing the SHC as their priority.’
      • ‘That's why, in the end, I'd say bring a bunch of your friends together for a party, drink a lot, and rent this film.’
      • ‘If you get a bunch of women together they moan about these same things.’
      • ‘A bunch of people piled into the van, and even more crowded into the flatbed.’
      • ‘Generally speaking, it's an over-25 bunch that frequents the place.’
      • ‘They can send rockets round the world and even fly to bloody Mars, and yet they can't get a bunch of scientists together to crack cancer - sorry, I don't buy it.’
      • ‘You can do the best research, write up the most impressive business plan, throw together a bunch of good writers, editors and managers… and it could still fall around your ears.’
      • ‘Kimberly and Melanie arrived together with a bunch of friends.’
      • ‘Alternatively, club together with a bunch of mates and rent a superb seafront villa in Ibiza.’
      • ‘Kildare were a dispirited bunch but it was to get much worse before a late rally put a little respectability on the final scoreline.’
      • ‘I know if we got a bunch of us together, we'd inevitably start pointing out all the tricks, all the secrets, and any kind of narrative flow would be just about impossible to accomplish.’
      • ‘He got a bunch of us together and started the band.’
      • ‘It's hard and expensive to get a bunch of people together to operate all this equipment to create the illusion of a dream.’
      • ‘And it's even more fun to get a bunch of friends together and team up.’
      • ‘We got a bunch of people together and went to the Surrey office and the social worker gave her a check.’
      • ‘UTV's Hell's Kitchen brought together a bunch of C-list celebrities and turned them into chefs.’
      • ‘Well, the often interesting BSS bunch pandered to the crowd and although they did do some self-indulgent jams, it was all by the book.’
      • ‘I want to take the money that I earn and get a bunch of doctors together three times a year and have them all do a round table and talk about what they've learned.’
      • ‘I think the media wanted it to be ugly and you get a bunch of lawyers together and it's ugly anyway, but it wasn't too much of a distraction.’
      • ‘Last year, we had a terrific time getting together a bunch of cartoonists - including Scott Shaw!’
      group, set, circle, body, company, troupe, collection, assemblage, gathering, throng, knot, cluster, huddle, multitude, bevy, party, band, horde, pack, drove, flock, swarm, stream, mob
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    2. 1.2North American informal A large number or quantity; a lot.
      ‘the bluesy style that earned him a bunch of '70s hits’
      • ‘Pile a bunch of the strips on plates, then pour the sauce on top.’
      • ‘Instead, there's a bunch of stuff that piles up and suddenly overwhelms you.’
      • ‘And at some point, my sister collected a bunch of fan letters and sent them to me.’
      • ‘Then slather on a bunch of Dijon, careful to leave the pepper in place.’
      • ‘His name was Bobby Bartles, and he was starting to get noticed, piling up a bunch of wins in clubs all over New York.’
      • ‘I've collected a bunch of sea shells to give to my favorite nephews and I can hardly wait to give it to them.’
      • ‘Instead of the rows of desk chairs, there was a pile of bean bags in one corner and a bunch of air mattresses stacked up against the back wall.’
      • ‘I found some site that has collected a bunch of different texts that influenced Robert Anton Wilson.’
      • ‘He's been writing steadily and has accumulated a bunch of fresh songs destined for his sophomore release next year.’
      • ‘On the roll are a bunch of pictures of Lenore because I said that I would try to get a senior picture-worthy shot of her.’
      • ‘I've got a bunch of vitamin pills and a bunch of books piled everywhere.’
      • ‘Christo started out wrapping boxes, and then he stacked a bunch of oil barrels on a dock in Cologne, Germany.’
      • ‘He would rather get everybody involved, collect a bunch of steals and assists and then make the big plays down the stretch.’
      • ‘The directors came in about five minutes before the callbacks were supposed to start, and then handed out a bunch of informational packets and stuff.’
      • ‘The financing structure is not just a bunch of charitable institutions collecting donations and dispensing funds.’
      • ‘JD Lasica has collected a bunch of links on his page.’
      • ‘A bunch of multiple-choice questions were supposed to determine what our skills were and which fields we would be suited for.’
      • ‘Katrina ordered some ham sandwich that, from the picture, was stacked with a whole bunch of meat.’
      • ‘For one thing, it was one of those studies that just collected a bunch of other papers and sifted through the data looking for statistical trends.’
      • ‘As Tom and Casey approach the house they notice a bunch of furniture piled in the yard and guess that the family is getting ready to leave.’
  • 2British A girl's hairstyle in which the hair is tied back into two clumps at the back or on either side of the head.

    • ‘Do not tie your hair up in cutesie bunches and remember flowery skirts are for church.’
    • ‘Cojocaru, hair up in bunches, looks all of 13 and her exploitation is all too comprehensible.’
    • ‘The other girl had short, mousy-brown hair in bunches.’
    • ‘Instead she got up and walked away, redoing her hair in their bunches either side of her head.’
    • ‘She slicked on some lip balm and a lick of mascara, pulled her hair into two bunches and then she too left the room, ready for a day of hard work.’
    • ‘Luma Lane has already given brief respite by then; hair clamped in bunches, her not unattractive playground lullaby vocal stripped from the finer points of the 4AD back catalogue.’
    • ‘Asha created a series of all-over bunches, sprayed white hairpieces a vibrant shade of blue and then added them to the back of the head.’
    • ‘‘I think we should do it like this,’ she suggested, pulling Sienne's hair into two crooked bunches near the top of her head.’
    • ‘Let's see, imagine a little person, blonde hair in bunches, with dimples and a lisp, under three feet tall.’
    • ‘For her starring role Hannah was taken to Otley, where she went into make-up to be transformed into a 1960s teenager with a little skirt, hair in bunches and T-bar shoes.’
    • ‘I went into my room and pulled my hair into bunches, slicked on some lip gloss, then grabbed my bag and my trainers.’
    • ‘Auburn hair in bunches and spilling down her back, eyes wide but blood red.’
    • ‘Erin, Kelli-Ann and Marnie with their long flowing hair, just begging to be arranged into elaborate ponytails, braids and bunches.’
    • ‘Her hair was in two bunches at her neck and was lighter on the ends.’
    • ‘Nerdy Girl had her oily hair in ridiculously high bunches on either side of her head.’
    • ‘She looked pretty similar to Amanda, except she had long wiry looking auburn-red hair tied into 2 bunches.’


  • 1 Collect or fasten into a compact group.

    ‘she bunched the needles together’
    • ‘But not everyone can win when this many films are bunched together.’
    • ‘Certain letters and words may look as though they are bunched together.’
    • ‘Really, they seem to have just taken a bunch of cases - many of which have been made public before, and bunched them all together in a press announcement.’
    • ‘Finally all the cases were bunched together before the Supreme Court and the Army agreed to review the dress.’
    • ‘I bunched the letters together, ready to throw them away, when I heard a knock at the door.’
    • ‘This year's trade market suffered because so many clubs were bunched together, unable to identify whether they were in or out of contention.’
    • ‘The tribesmen were all bunched together in clumps, and they too seemed frenzied with excitement.’
    • ‘The bureaucratic nature of my landlord's maintenance department is such that I try to bunch jobs together.’
    • ‘In the early going, Echo Eddie was pinched back in to third as the five-horse field was tightly bunched together in a rush from the gate.’
    • ‘Do you just bunch them together and call them jocks?’
    • ‘Flower packers bunched roses in bundles of 20 and wrapped the stem portion in newspaper sheets and the bud portion with tissue paper.’
    • ‘This comes at a time when a suitable location may have been found to bunch five phone masts together in Kew, stamping out the need to erect up to 15 transmitters at separate sites.’
    • ‘The overlapping units are bunched together in a way that recalls a group of cells viewed under a microscope.’
    • ‘The three recent incidents cannot be bunched together to conclude that an irreversible rot has set in the police department.’
    • ‘They will normally bunch them together to sell them as a package or lay them out separately in discount baskets.’
    • ‘There are more than 1,500 passengers going through the international departure where flights are normally bunched together.’
    • ‘In 2002, both sites used about 560 words per page, yet the density of words was 33 percent lower on Amazon; Amazon distributes the words across the page as links rather than bunching them together in paragraphs.’
    • ‘But that's hard to enforce because orders are often bunched together by brokers.’
    • ‘If one looks at the distribution for the easier languages, then you find that the great majority of children are bunched together at the top end of the scale, but there is a tail of children who are doing less well.’
    • ‘To most of us, this is normal, because for most of our lives we have been bunched together with others of the same age.’
    bundle, clump, cluster, group, arrange, gather, collect, assemble
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    1. 1.1Form or cause to form tight folds.
      [no object] ‘the bedclothes had bunched up around his waist’
      • ‘Even when fully tucked, the shirt is bunched up - it essentially has to be gathered in in 2 places to be fully tucked.’
      • ‘She's bunched up my sweater in front of her face and is smelling it, the oddest expression on her face.’
      • ‘When doing this, the entire garment will be bunched up inside both layers of the top.’
      • ‘He was wearing a long robe with a hood that was bunched up around his chest to keep it from dragging on the ground.’
      • ‘My winter jacket was bunched up about me and the tips of my ears were so cold that I knew I'd have frost bite later.’
      • ‘His jacket was bunched up on the counter; his hand was at his throat, checking his tie.’
      • ‘The comforter was bunched up at the bottom of the bed, so Anna could see the sheets.’
      • ‘The skirt of the dress was bunched up around the hips then loosened as it flowed out to the ankles.’
      • ‘The tight skirt she was wearing was all bunched up at her waist and her high heels were trying to fall off her dangling feet.’
      • ‘Audrey held one end of her skirt bunched up inside her fist, the other firmly planted on her hip.’
      • ‘It folded very thin, reminding her of the giant shawl from Turkey her aunt had, which could be bunched up and could still be threaded through the center of a wedding ring.’
      • ‘She was now dressed in a white hospital gown that was bunched up on top of her round belly.’
      • ‘How casually she positioned that arm and so carelessly bunched up the sleeve of that blouse, crumpling it like a pair of old socks.’
      gather, ruffle, pucker, shirr, tuck, fold, pleat
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    2. 1.2[no object]Form into a tight group or crowd.
      ‘he halted, forcing the rest of the field to bunch up behind him’
      • ‘They bunched at the top of the steps, utterly stopped by the slender woman dressed in mourning, holding the door shut.’
      • ‘All the cars were bunching up because of some confusion up ahead.’
      • ‘The heat this year won't have helped, not least because this is a hot and very crowded run at the best of times, with no escaping the sun or the other runners, who bunch up around you.’
      • ‘He hung up before she could say anything and found Bree and Matt amongst the swarm of students bunched around a makeshift stage in the TV room, where Acidburn was performing.’
      • ‘But as this group crossed the street, a light changed, and those left on the other side began bunching up, and soon nearly 100 people found themselves behind arrest netting.’
      • ‘The sky is turquoise, though clouds are bunching up against the peaks of the Absaroka Range in the Washakie Wilderness, where we are headed.’
      • ‘Mounds help prevent cattle from bunching and usually will enhance cattle exposure to air movement.’
      • ‘Because the circuit is generally so slow and twisty, groups of cars tend to bunch up into tight packs and you have to guard against wiping off your nose section on somebody else's rear wheel.’
      • ‘But halfway through the first set, the energy in the room suddenly swells, the crowd bunching closer to the stage.’
      • ‘By late April Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn will bunch up in the western sky just after sunset, with bright Jupiter close by.’
      • ‘Why do people feel the need to bunch up at the front?’
      • ‘Trim the screen at a 45-degree angle at one corner to prevent it from bunching up at the corner when it is rolled into the groove.’
      • ‘Galaxies today are distributed in a three-dimensional cosmic web, bunching along huge filaments that are separated by giant voids.’
      • ‘Bailey saved ground as the field bunched into the turn and then urged the son of Hernando clear on the outside wearing down four rivals to get up by a neck.’
      • ‘There is a group of about 40 men bunched behind the CSC train, a long line of men clinging for dear life, and then little groups strung out here and there behind the pack.’
      • ‘But home-court advantage still is up for grabs, with the Lakers, Kings, Spurs and Mavericks bunched at the top of the conference standings.’
      • ‘It prevents the screen (especially aluminum) from bunching up in the corner as you press it in place.’
      • ‘I found Tim Blair, Roger Simon, and Ed Driscoll bunched around a small table near the restrooms.’
      • ‘Earlier this week, dozens of inmates bunched against the exit of the Inmate Reception Center, awaiting their release.’
      • ‘Jack and Jason slowed their pace as the trickle of people began bunching up.’
      cluster, huddle, gather, concentrate, congregate, collect, accumulate, amass, group, herd, crowd, flock, mass
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    3. 1.3[no object](of muscles) flex or bulge.
      • ‘Adian clenched his eyes closed a moment, and she saw his shoulder muscles bunch, felt the pull of her arm, and the death grip they held on each other.’
      • ‘I felt muscles bunch in a surge of anger and took a deep breath.’
      • ‘His muscles bunched, his blood went thick, his bones seemed to grow, and his skin became solid stone.’
      • ‘There was a slight smile on his face and I could see his muscles bunching underneath his blazer.’
      • ‘My muscles bunched up, too, as I lifted myself into the aperture, but I didn't have any fat to bunch up with it.’
      • ‘The captain, his eyes becoming steely, his gaze carefully directed ahead, stood silent a long moment, his jaw muscles bunching.’
      • ‘Mihra took the left group, with her father and with Shanshi, feeling Jare's muscles bunch and stretch with released energy.’
      • ‘He could feel the muscles bunching up under the red hide.’
      • ‘The back of his shirt rippled as the huge muscles bunched and rolled - and with a high-pitched scraping noise, the dryer slid out over a meter.’
      • ‘My muscles bunched up and my whole left arm ached abominably for a while, but it went no further than that.’
      • ‘Nika stood up as her captive yanked and strained at the glittering strand that leashed her, shoulders bunching and teeth bared.’
      • ‘The doors closed, and she cursed, taking the stairs six at a time, her superior limbs bunching and releasing power.’
      • ‘A mass of muscle would pop up: deltoids would ripple, trapezoids bunch and glutes clench.’
      • ‘His horse shifted its weight apprehensively, its muscles bunching and smoothing beneath the saddle, causing the leather to creak ever so slightly.’
      • ‘He sprints away again, muscles bunching under the glossy black coat, working off an energy that she is denied.’
      • ‘His muscles bunched as his fur stood on end, and I could see that he was readying him self to leap.’
      • ‘The mountain lion had a tawny coat; beneath, its muscles rippled, bunching and stretching with each step.’
      • ‘He bit, hard, the muscles in his jaws and neck bunching and flexing.’
      • ‘His powerful muscles bunched, tensing up and readying themselves to deliver a payload of suffering and torture.’
      • ‘He sat up and stretched, slowly, feeling his sore muscles bunch.’


  • the best (or the pick) of the bunch

    • informal The best in a particular group.

      • ‘That's certainly the case with some of these images, the pick of the bunch from last year by the Evening Press's award-winning team of photographers.’
      • ‘The 10 finalists were the pick of the bunch from about 150 young hopefuls who auditioned for Wairarapa Idol in June.’
      • ‘Far heavier, mature and emotional than its predecessor and descendants this is by a whisker the pick of the bunch.’
      • ‘Their presentation to the existing clubs in December was the most smoothly professional of all, and a visiting SFL delegation considered their ground the pick of the bunch.’
      • ‘28 eligible escorts are needed answer the call and organisers in Tralee are determined to get the pick of the bunch with a nationwide campaign.’
      • ‘The first two are, predictably, the best, with 1934's Tarzan and His Mate being the pick of the bunch, with its startlingly frank nude swims, uncompromised violence and sheer joy of jungle living.’
      • ‘It was picked out as the best of the bunch and sent to the workshop to be converted into a driver training bus and given a new coat of green paint.’
      • ‘So this year, for the first-ever Shape of Beauty Awards, we joined forces with you, our readers, to pick the best of the bunch.’
      • ‘On Saturday, her treasured bloom was judged the pick of the bunch in a regional heat held at the Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock.’
      • ‘You can't, so our strategy has always been to pick the best of the bunch regardless of technology.’
      finest example, finest specimen, choicest example, choicest specimen, best example, best specimen, showpiece, pearl, flower, pride, pride and joy, cream, crème de la crème, jewel in the crown, nonpareil, glory, wonder, prize, boast, pick
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  • bunch of fives

    • informal A fist or punch.

      • ‘Don't blame me, or I'll ram this bunch of fives down your throat.’
      • ‘They knocked three past Rangers, racked up seven against Livingston and gave Falkirk a bunch of fives last weekend, which makes Alan Archibald's kamikaze header in the 25th minute all the more unnecessary.’
      • ‘Either way, I feel moved to give him a very mature bunch of fives, in my butch way, if I ever bump into him.’
  • thanks a bunch

    • ironic Thank you very much.

      • ‘So thanks a bunch for taking the time to tell me what you think.’
      • ‘You're the only one that gave me feedback on that, so thanks a bunch!’
      • ‘And thanks a bunch to all the people, many of them blog readers, who volunteered their help to make it happen.’
      • ‘Anyway, thanks a bunch, hope you liked this one, too!’
      • ‘Ok mom, thanks a bunch, I'll be home before five I promise.’
      • ‘Author's note: Not much to say here, except thanks a bunch for reading this!’


Late Middle English: of unknown origin.