One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stout, untidy, or awkward-looking woman or girl.
Early 17th century (in an earlier sense). From the name of Mother Bunch, an alehouse keeper in Elizabethan London, renowned for serving particularly strong ale, and reputed to have lived to a great age.
Mother Bunch/ˌmʌðə ˈbʌn(t)ʃ/
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