several objects or a quantity of material gathered or bound together:
a bundle of hay.
an item, group, or quantity wrapped for carrying; package.
a number of things considered together:
a bundle of ideas.
Slang. a great deal of money:
He made a bundle in the market.
Botany. an aggregation of strands of specialized conductive and mechanical tissues.
Also called bundle of isoglosses. Dialect Geography. a group of close isoglosses running in approximately the same direction, especially when taken as evidence of an important dialect division.
Anatomy, Zoology. an aggregation of fibers, as of nerves or muscles.
to tie together or wrap in a bundle:
Bundle the newspapers for the trash man.
to send away hurriedly or unceremoniously (usually followed by off, out, etc.):
They bundled her off to the country.
to offer or supply (related products or services) in a single transaction at one all-inclusive price.
to leave hurriedly or unceremoniously (usually followed by off, out, etc.):
They indignantly bundled out of the meeting.
(especially of sweethearts during courtship in early New England) to lie in the same bed while fully clothed, as for privacy and warmth in a house where an entire family shared one room with a fireplace.
bundle up, to dress warmly or snugly:
A blizzard was raging but the children were all bundled up.
drop one’s bundle, Australian and New Zealand Slang. to lose confidence or hope.
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a number of things or a quantity of material gathered or loosely bound together: a bundle of sticks, related adjective fascicular
something wrapped or tied for carrying; package
(slang) a large sum of money
(slang) go a bundle on, to be extremely fond of
(biology) a collection of strands of specialized tissue such as nerve fibres
(botany) short for vascular bundle
(textiles) a measure of yarn or cloth; 60 000 yards of linen yarn; 5 or 10 pounds of cotton hanks
drop one’s bundle
(Austral & NZ, slang) to panic or give up hope
(NZ, slang) to give birth
(transitive) often foll by up. to make into a bundle
foll by out, off, into etc. to go or cause to go, esp roughly or unceremoniously: we bundled him out of the house
(transitive) usually foll by into. to push or throw, esp quickly and untidily: to bundle shirts into a drawer
(transitive) to sell (computer hardware and software) as one indivisible package
(transitive) to give away (a relatively cheap product) when selling an expensive one to attract business: several free CDs are often bundled with music centres
(intransitive) to sleep or lie in one’s clothes on the same bed as one’s betrothed: formerly a custom in New England, Wales, and elsewhere
I am no advocate for temptation; yet must say, that bundling has prevailed 160 years in New England, and, I verily believe, with ten times more chastity than the sitting on a sofa. I had daughters, and speak from near forty years’ experience. Bundling takes place only in cold seasons of the year–the sofa in summer is more dangerous than the bed in winter. [The Rev. Samuel Peters, “A general history of Connecticut,” 1782]
A large amount of money •Originally the loot from a robbery: Can the Pentagon Save a Bundle?/ He’s dropped a bundle that way (1905+)
An attractive woman •This term has improved: In the early 1800s it designated a camp follower, then a fat woman: I saw Charley yesterday with this cute bundle (1930+)
Twenty-five $5 packets of a narcotic, esp marijuana or cocaine (1960s+ Narcotics)
In addition to the idiom beginning with bundle
noun a variant spelling of bandobust Historical Examples The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom P. L. Simmonds
a ring-shaped cake baked in a tube pan with fluted sides.
noun Usage Note
noun (South African & Zimbabwean, slang) a largely uninhabited wild region far from towns (as modifier): a bundu hat