Definition of bunch in English:

bunch

noun

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

    ‘a bunch of grapes’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The green wheat stalks are harvested and gathered in bunches, then roasted in the fields over an open wood or charcoal fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Upon staining, these round bacteria are visualized in clumps that resemble bunches of grapes.’
    • ‘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 boys and girls placed bunches of flowers around the Dragon in a big circle.’
    • ‘After about 10 to 14 days, the bunches must be turned over to dry the other side.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At each sampling, healthy berries from different bunches and from different parts of the bunches were collected.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As you may have noticed, many of his creations for this collection features a bunch of flowers around the neck.’
    • ‘As he talks, Sompong rolls bunches of flowers into old newspapers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bluebells and daffodils gathered in huge bunches where there was enough sun for them to flourish.’
    • ‘The bunch of ribbon is pinched at the left side, held with a fake rose.’
    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’
      • ‘And it's even more fun to get a bunch of friends together and team up.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He got a bunch of us together and started the band.’
      • ‘A bunch of people piled into the van, and even more crowded into the flatbed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Kildare were a dispirited bunch but it was to get much worse before a late rally put a little respectability on the final scoreline.’
      • ‘Generally speaking, it's an over-25 bunch that frequents the place.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Last year, we had a terrific time getting together a bunch of cartoonists - including Scott Shaw!’
      • ‘Alternatively, club together with a bunch of mates and rent a superb seafront villa in Ibiza.’
      • ‘It's hard and expensive to get a bunch of people together to operate all this equipment to create the illusion of a dream.’
      • ‘We got a bunch of people together and went to the Surrey office and the social worker gave her a check.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If you get a bunch of women together they moan about these same things.’
      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’
      • ‘He's been writing steadily and has accumulated a bunch of fresh songs destined for his sophomore release next year.’
      • ‘He would rather get everybody involved, collect a bunch of steals and assists and then make the big plays down the stretch.’
      • ‘I found some site that has collected a bunch of different texts that influenced Robert Anton Wilson.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His name was Bobby Bartles, and he was starting to get noticed, piling up a bunch of wins in clubs all over New York.’
      • ‘Katrina ordered some ham sandwich that, from the picture, was stacked with a whole bunch of meat.’
      • ‘Then slather on a bunch of Dijon, careful to leave the pepper in place.’
      • ‘The financing structure is not just a bunch of charitable institutions collecting donations and dispensing funds.’
      • ‘Pile a bunch of the strips on plates, then pour the sauce on top.’
      • ‘JD Lasica has collected a bunch of links on his page.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A bunch of multiple-choice questions were supposed to determine what our skills were and which fields we would be suited for.’
      • ‘I've collected a bunch of sea shells to give to my favorite nephews and I can hardly wait to give it to them.’
      • ‘And at some point, my sister collected a bunch of fan letters and sent them to me.’
      • ‘Instead, there's a bunch of stuff that piles up and suddenly overwhelms you.’
      • ‘Christo started out wrapping boxes, and then he stacked a bunch of oil barrels on a dock in Cologne, Germany.’
      a lot, a large amount, a fair amount, a good deal, a great deal, a deal, a great quantity, quantities, an abundance, a wealth, a profusion, plenty, masses
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  • 2bunchesBritish A girl's hairstyle in which the hair is tied back into two clumps at the back or on either side of the head.

    • ‘Cojocaru, hair up in bunches, looks all of 13 and her exploitation is all too comprehensible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Erin, Kelli-Ann and Marnie with their long flowing hair, just begging to be arranged into elaborate ponytails, braids and bunches.’
    • ‘Nerdy Girl had her oily hair in ridiculously high bunches on either side of her head.’
    • ‘Her hair was in two bunches at her neck and was lighter on the ends.’
    • ‘Auburn hair in bunches and spilling down her back, eyes wide but blood red.’
    • ‘She looked pretty similar to Amanda, except she had long wiry looking auburn-red hair tied into 2 bunches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead she got up and walked away, redoing her hair in their bunches either side of her 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.’
    • ‘I went into my room and pulled my hair into bunches, slicked on some lip gloss, then grabbed my bag and my trainers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do not tie your hair up in cutesie bunches and remember flowery skirts are for church.’
    • ‘Let's see, imagine a little person, blonde hair in bunches, with dimples and a lisp, under three feet tall.’
    • ‘The other girl had short, mousy-brown hair in bunches.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Collect or fasten into a compact group.

    ‘she bunched the needles together’
    • ‘Flower packers bunched roses in bundles of 20 and wrapped the stem portion in newspaper sheets and the bud portion with tissue paper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This year's trade market suffered because so many clubs were bunched together, unable to identify whether they were in or out of contention.’
    • ‘To most of us, this is normal, because for most of our lives we have been bunched together with others of the same age.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are more than 1,500 passengers going through the international departure where flights are normally bunched together.’
    • ‘The overlapping units are bunched together in a way that recalls a group of cells viewed under a microscope.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But not everyone can win when this many films are bunched together.’
    • ‘The tribesmen were all bunched together in clumps, and they too seemed frenzied with excitement.’
    • ‘Do you just bunch them together and call them jocks?’
    • ‘Finally all the cases were bunched together before the Supreme Court and the Army agreed to review the dress.’
    • ‘The three recent incidents cannot be bunched together to conclude that an irreversible rot has set in the police department.’
    • ‘Certain letters and words may look as though they are bunched together.’
    • ‘I bunched the letters together, ready to throw them away, when I heard a knock at the door.’
    • ‘But that's hard to enforce because orders are often bunched together by brokers.’
    • ‘They will normally bunch them together to sell them as a package or lay them out separately in discount baskets.’
    bundle, clump, cluster, group, arrange, gather, collect, assemble
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    1. 1.1 Form or cause to form tight folds.
      no object ‘the bedclothes had bunched up around his waist’
      • ‘The skirt of the dress was bunched up around the hips then loosened as it flowed out to the ankles.’
      • ‘I leaned against the table, my black skirt bunching up beneath me.’
      • ‘His jacket was bunched up on the counter; his hand was at his throat, checking his tie.’
      • ‘I watch his hands tighten on the bedspread, the fabric bunching up beneath his fingers.’
      • ‘Bloody jeans bunching about her ankles, she leans weakly against the wall.’
      • ‘You don't want your underpants bunching up up there, and then you've got to dig them out.’
      • ‘She was now dressed in a white hospital gown that was bunched up on top of her round belly.’
      • ‘Clark was mid-stride on the lawn, ill-fitting jacket bunching around the shoulders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘If blisters are developing on your heel, experiment with different socks to make sure the material isn't bunching up or causing your foot to sweat.’
      • ‘You might need thinner outer socks too, if you find that the layers are bunching up in your skates.’
      • ‘I find that if the rear of the cuff is too long, the front bunches up.’
      • ‘Make sure that they mold against your leg properly and that the elastic keeps them from bunching up regularly.’
      • ‘A lean-limbed model posing on a toilet with her American tan tights bunched around her ankles served to show that fashion was still a daring sport, still had its finger on a live wire.’
      • ‘It was strange to have cloth bunched between my knees and the shirt ended a little above my hips.’
      • ‘Audrey held one end of her skirt bunched up inside her fist, the other firmly planted on her hip.’
      • ‘These comforters are considered to be three-season weight and the filling is held in place with the use of sewn in baffles which prevents the silk from moving and bunching.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Adding a belt over the dress where the shirt ends will help keep it in place and avoid bunching.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She bounced up and down a few times, the covers began bunching at the end of the bed.’
      • ‘How casually she positioned that arm and so carelessly bunched up the sleeve of that blouse, crumpling it like a pair of old socks.’
      • ‘The execution features a black-and-white, knees-down shot of an athlete sitting on the toilet with shorts bunched at his ankles and a roll of toilet paper nearby.’
      • ‘The younger Maid was not slower, and the two ran down the deserted hallways, skirts bunching at their knees.’
      • ‘She's bunched up my sweater in front of her face and is smelling it, the oddest expression on her face.’
      • ‘I recommend them because they stay rolled up for storage and they cushion you without bunching or slipping.’
      • ‘He was wearing a long robe with a hood that was bunched up around his chest to keep it from dragging on the ground.’
      • ‘The silky fabric bunching and snagging against the rough calluses of work burned into my fingertips.’
      • ‘Take the premier episode, for example: Larry complains about his pants bunching up, a little piece of ‘nothing’ that Seinfeld viewers would find familiar.’
      • ‘Even when fully tucked, the shirt is bunched up - it essentially has to be gathered in in 2 places to be fully tucked.’
      • ‘The program for the Festival of the Supreme Being called for young ladies to use powder with restraint and to bunch up their skirts in the Roman style.’
      • ‘The comforter was bunched up at the bottom of the bed, so Anna could see the sheets.’
      • ‘When doing this, the entire garment will be bunched up inside both layers of the top.’
      • ‘My beautiful size 24 petite clothes that I bought from Talbots fit now, although the adorable sarong is still bunching up in the back a little across my hips, but they will all be comfortably wearable in a week or so.’
      gather, ruffle, pucker, shirr, tuck, fold, pleat
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    2. 1.2no object Form into a tight group or crowd.
      ‘he halted, forcing the rest of the field to bunch up behind him’
      • ‘But halfway through the first set, the energy in the room suddenly swells, the crowd bunching closer to the stage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the cars were bunching up because of some confusion up ahead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The sky is turquoise, though clouds are bunching up against the peaks of the Absaroka Range in the Washakie Wilderness, where we are headed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I found Tim Blair, Roger Simon, and Ed Driscoll bunched around a small table near the restrooms.’
      • ‘It prevents the screen (especially aluminum) from bunching up in the corner as you press it in place.’
      • ‘Mounds help prevent cattle from bunching and usually will enhance cattle exposure to air movement.’
      • ‘Galaxies today are distributed in a three-dimensional cosmic web, bunching along huge filaments that are separated by giant voids.’
      • ‘Earlier this week, dozens of inmates bunched against the exit of the Inmate Reception Center, awaiting their release.’
      • ‘They bunched at the top of the steps, utterly stopped by the slender woman dressed in mourning, holding the door shut.’
      • ‘Jack and Jason slowed their pace as the trickle of people began bunching up.’
      • ‘But home-court advantage still is up for grabs, with the Lakers, Kings, Spurs and Mavericks bunched at the top of the conference standings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By late April Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn will bunch up in the western sky just after sunset, with bright Jupiter close by.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Why do people feel the need to bunch up at the front?’
      • ‘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.’
      cluster, huddle, gather, concentrate, congregate, collect, accumulate, amass, group, herd, crowd, flock, mass
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    3. 1.3no object (of muscles) flex or bulge.
      • ‘His muscles bunched, his blood went thick, his bones seemed to grow, and his skin became solid stone.’
      • ‘His powerful muscles bunched, tensing up and readying themselves to deliver a payload of suffering and torture.’
      • ‘My muscles bunched up, too, as I lifted myself into the aperture, but I didn't have any fat to bunch up with it.’
      • ‘My muscles bunched up and my whole left arm ached abominably for a while, but it went no further than that.’
      • ‘Mihra took the left group, with her father and with Shanshi, feeling Jare's muscles bunch and stretch with released energy.’
      • ‘His horse shifted its weight apprehensively, its muscles bunching and smoothing beneath the saddle, causing the leather to creak ever so slightly.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A mass of muscle would pop up: deltoids would ripple, trapezoids bunch and glutes clench.’
      • ‘He sprints away again, muscles bunching under the glossy black coat, working off an energy that she is denied.’
      • ‘I felt muscles bunch in a surge of anger and took a deep breath.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The captain, his eyes becoming steely, his gaze carefully directed ahead, stood silent a long moment, his jaw muscles bunching.’
      • ‘He could feel the muscles bunching up under the red hide.’
      • ‘He sat up and stretched, slowly, feeling his sore muscles bunch.’
      • ‘He bit, hard, the muscles in his jaws and neck bunching and flexing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The doors closed, and she cursed, taking the stairs six at a time, her superior limbs bunching and releasing power.’
      • ‘There was a slight smile on his face and I could see his muscles bunching underneath his blazer.’
      • ‘Nika stood up as her captive yanked and strained at the glittering strand that leashed her, shoulders bunching and teeth bared.’

Phrases

  • the best (or the pick) of the bunch

    • informal The best in a particular group.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You can't, so our strategy has always been to pick the best of the bunch regardless of technology.’
      • ‘On Saturday, her treasured bloom was judged the pick of the bunch in a regional heat held at the Whitehall Garden Centre in Lacock.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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!’
      • ‘Anyway, thanks a bunch, hope you liked this one, too!’
      • ‘And thanks a bunch to all the people, many of them blog readers, who volunteered their help to make it happen.’
      • ‘Author's note: Not much to say here, except thanks a bunch for reading this!’
      • ‘Ok mom, thanks a bunch, I'll be home before five I promise.’

Origin

Late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bunch

/bʌn(t)ʃ/