bunch´er

bunch´er
bunch «buhnch», noun, verb.
–n.
1. a group of things of the same kind growing fastened, placed, or thought of together: »

a bunch of grapes, a bunch of flowers, a bunch of sheep.

SYNONYM(S): batch, cluster. See syn. under bundle. (Cf.bundle)
2. Informal. a group of people: »

a bunch of thieves. They are a friendly bunch.

SYNONYM(S): band, gang.
3. Informal. any group not necessarily together; lot: »

He's got a bunch of cousins.

4. a swelling; protuberance.
–v.i.
to come together in one place: »

The sheep bunched up in the shed to keep warm.

–v.t.
1. to bring together and make into a bunch: »

We have bunched the flowers for you to carry home.

2. to put in folds; gather: »

a dress bunched up on the hips and at the back.

[Middle English bunche; origin uncertain]
bunch´er, noun.
Usage Formal English limits the use of bunch to objects that grow together or can be fastened together: »

a bunch of radishes, a bunch of flowers, a bunch of keys.

Informal English, however, clings to the older usage of bunch, applying it to a small collection of anything, including people: »

A bunch of us meet at the Grill every night.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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