Definition of bundle in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌnd(ə)l/


1A collection of things or quantity of material tied or wrapped up together: a thick bundle of envelopes
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  • Can I take you then to the book of materials, the bundle of documents, page 58, and invite your attention to the accumulation of three sentences.
  • The principal authority on which we rely for that view is conveniently set out in the bundle of materials that the appellant has provided to the Court.
  • As he walked away, I noticed a thick bundle of music under his arm.
bunch, roll, clump, wad, parcel, packet, package, pack, sheaf, bale, bolt, truss, faggot, fascicle;
pile, stack, heap, mass, quantity, armful, collection, accumulation, agglomeration, lot, batch
informal load, wodge
1.1A set of nerve, muscle, or other fibres running in parallel close together.
Example sentences
  • The midbrain is attached to the base of the cerebral hemispheres by the cerebral peduncles, two massive, flattened bundles of nerve fibres.
  • Normal epididymis and smooth muscle bundles were present at the edge of the tumor.
  • The hemorrhoidectomy specimens showed a stroma of connective tissue containing many blood vessels, and interwoven bundles of smooth muscle.
1.2A set of software or hardware sold together: a bundle of 15 desktop utilities
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  • Potentially, the customer could sell the cards and software as a bundle, or even design a turnkey workstation around the two, he said.
  • This makes the 9600 Pro a light software package, but in my point of view that is for the best because with no games included in the software bundles it makes card a little less expensive.
  • Granted, there are a lot of extras included with the MSI card, but if dumping the poor game bundle drops the price, we say go for it MSI.
1.3 (a bundle) informal A large amount of money: the new printer cost a bundle
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  • The heist is entertaining in its own right, but what pushes the film over the top is the extraordinary star power of the cast, which must have cost a bundle and a half.
  • Of course, the print cartridges prolly cost a bundle, but at least I can print my own photos at home now.
  • I knew her clothes cost a bundle, but she didn't reek of money the way others did.


1 [with object] Tie or roll up (a number of things) together as though into a parcel: she quickly bundled up her clothes
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  • As for the female performers, hair longer than the shoulder must be bundled up.
  • Rice-stalk mattresses must all be bundled up again and returned.
  • It is telling that Bunting bundles the two issues together as if they were in some sense equivalent and equally objectionable.
tie (up), tie together, do up, pack (up), pack together, package, parcel (up), packet, wrap (up), roll (up), wind up, fold (up), furl, bind (up), fasten together, bale, truss (up)
1.1 (usually be bundled up) Dress (someone) in many warm clothes: they were bundled up in thick sweaters
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  • Either way, the forecast says bundle up for the next six weeks.
  • I did get some protests about how ‘if I was going out while it's snowing, I'd best bundle up’.
  • We can bask in 75 degree warmth one day and bundle up for a spring snow the next, enduring a temperature fluctuation as much as 40 degrees.
wrap, envelop, clothe, cover, muffle, swathe, swaddle, bind, bandage, shroud, drape, wind, enfold, sheathe, enclose, encase
literary lap
1.2Sell (items of hardware and software) as a package.
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  • Sun will bundle the AppIQ software with its own storage management package by the second half of this year.
  • Offmyserver and NetSoft teamed up to bring this appliance to market, with NetSoft doing the software and Offmyserver bundling it with the hardware.
  • Tapwave already bundles web browsing software with the consoles, which to date have had to connect to a mobile phone via Bluetooth or infrared wireless links in order to provide Internet connectivity.
2 [with object and adverbial of direction] informal Push, carry, or send forcibly, hastily, or unceremoniously: he was bundled into a van
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  • At the airport about a third are selected and are forcibly bundled onto a clandestine flight.
  • On the return, both Sofia and Plovdiv were fog-bound so we landed at Varna and were unceremoniously bundled on to ancient coaches for the six hour journey to Sofia.
  • And third, that Mozart was bundled unceremoniously into a pauper's grave with miscellaneous corpses on a snowy night.
hustle, jostle, manhandle, frogmarch, sweep, throw, hurry, rush;
shove, push, thrust, propel, impel
2.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] (Of a group of people) move in a disorganized way: they bundled out into the corridor
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  • As we're walking out I see her glance over at a group in the corner, but we bundle out the door pretty fast and I lead her over towards the park.
  • Somehow the image of Rupert Murdoch bundling over the road to the Dog and Duck at the end of a stressful day to get it off his chest with his News International minions doesn't quite ring true.
  • Maybe it's a preventative measure to stop drunks who ran out of smokes in the pub bundling in there but it was very annoying.
3 [no object] (usually as noun bundling) Sleep fully clothed with another person, as a former local custom during courtship.
Example sentences
  • Additional references, anecdotes and stories about the custom of bundling are drawn from eighteenth-century America.
  • A high degree of social control was exercised by parents and peers, as can be seen from the fact that bundling usually led to marriage and not to sexual permissiveness or high rates of single mothers.



a bundle of fun (or laughs)

informal, often ironic An extremely amusing or entertaining person or thing: you’re a bundle of laughs this evening
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  • Manic depression might not be a bundle of laughs, but an hour in the company of a Coked-up Carrie Fisher certainly is.
  • I mean, it's obviously not a bundle of laughs and you don't go round kicking up your heels and thinking, tra la-la, how lovely.
  • Bremner apart, it wasn't exactly a bundle of laughs for the delegates.

a bundle of joy

A baby: enjoy your little bundle of joy now because he is going to grow up fast
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  • Feeling her skin radiating heat at the nearness of him, she was a bundle of nerves.
  • By the time she returned home she would be a bundle of nerves.
  • Assistant manager Andy Watson is a bundle of nerves.

a bundle of nerves


drop one's bundle

Australian /NZ informal Panic; lose one’s self-control.
From obsolete bundle 'swag'
Example sentences
  • Well in January 1994, I had word that my son had been missing for two weeks, which really dropped the bundle, or I dropped my bundle.
  • The Prime Minister was so desperate to discredit his nemesis that he effectively dropped his bundle.
  • Thistles will need to be careful that they don't let their disappointment make them drop their bundle over the next four rounds.

go a bundle on

[usually with negative] British informal Be very keen on: I don’t go a bundle on seeing a man and woman snogging
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  • The Diary has always gone a bundle on the Roman classics, and is thus compelled, in some small way, to celebrate an important anniversary.
  • The Italians, naturally enough, don't go a bundle on writing novels and histories about it because it's still pretty shameful.
  • She hates the cult of celebrity, particularly as it affects artists - so she's not going to go a bundle on me beginning this piece with a description of her mode of dress.


Middle English: perhaps originally from Old English byndelle 'a binding', reinforced by Low German and Dutch bundel (to which byndelle is related).

  • Bundle may come from Old English byndelle ‘a binding’. In the mid 18th century anatomists and physiologists started using the Old English word ‘bundle’ for a set of muscle or nerve fibres running in parallel. The phrase a bundle of nerves is common in US sources from the 1880s. The phrase to go a bundle on someone or something, or be very fond of them, comes from the world of betting and horse racing. Bundle is a slang term for ‘a large sum of money’, first used in the US around 1880. If a person ‘goes a bundle on a horse’ they bet a lot of money on it.

Words that rhyme with bundle


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Line breaks: bun¦dle

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