bunting

1 [buhn-ting]
noun
1.
a coarse, open fabric of worsted or cotton for flags, signals, etc.
2.
patriotic and festive decorations made from such cloth, or from paper, usually in the form of draperies, wide streamers, etc., in the colors of the national flag.
3.
flags, especially a vessel's flags, collectively.

Origin:
1735–45; perhaps orig. “sifting cloth,” hence bunt to sift (Middle English bonten) + -ing1

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bunting

2 [buhn-ting]
noun
any of several small, chiefly seed-eating birds of the genera Emberiza, Passerina, and Plectrophenax.


Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < ?

bunting

3 [buhn-ting]
noun
a hooded sleeping garment for infants.
Also called sleeper.


Origin:
1920–25; special use of bunting1

bunt

1 [buhnt]
verb (used with object)
1.
(of a goat or calf) to push with the horns or head; butt.
2.
Baseball. to bat (a pitched ball) very gently so that it rolls into the infield close to home plate, usually by holding the bat loosely in hands spread apart and allowing the ball to bounce off it.
verb (used without object)
3.
to push (something) with the horns or head.
4.
Baseball. to bunt a ball.
noun
5.
a push with the head or horns; butt.
6.
Baseball.
a.
the act of bunting.
b.
a bunted ball.

Origin:
1760–70; orig. British dial. (Central and S England): push, strike; of obscure origin

bunter, noun
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bunt1 (bʌnt)
 
vb
1.  (of an animal) to butt (something) with the head or horns
2.  to cause (an aircraft) to fly in part of an inverted loop or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a loop
3.  (US), (Canadian) (in baseball) to hit (a pitched ball) very gently
 
n
4.  the act or an instance of bunting
 
[C19: perhaps nasalized variant of butt³]

bunt2 (bʌnt)
 
n
nautical the baggy centre of a fishing net or other piece of fabric, such as a square sail
 
[C16: perhaps from Middle Low German buntbundle]

bunt3 (bʌnt)
 
n
a disease of cereal plants caused by smut fungi (genus Tilletia)
 
[C17: of unknown origin]

bunting1 (ˈbʌntɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a coarse, loosely woven cotton fabric used for flags, etc
2.  decorative flags, pennants, and streamers
3.  flags collectively, esp those of a boat
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

bunting2 (ˈbʌntɪŋ)
 
n
any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of the families Fringillidae (finches, etc) or Emberizidae, esp those of the genera Emberiza of the Old World and Passerina of North America. They all have short stout bills
 
[C13: of unknown origin]

Bunting (ˈbʌntɪŋ)
 
n
Basil. 1900--85, British poet, author of Briggflatts (1966)

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Word Origin & History

bunt
1825, "to strike with the head or horns," perhaps an alteration of butt (as a goat), or from M.E. bounten "to return." Baseball term is from 1889, noun and verb.

bunting
"flag material," 1742, perhaps from M.E. bonting gerundive of bonten "to sift," because cloth was used for sifting grain, via O.Fr. from V.L. *bonitare "to make good."

bunting
type of lark-like bird, c.1300, bountyng, of unknown origin. Perhaps from buntin "plump" (cf. baby bunting, also Scots buntin "short and thick;" Welsh bontin "rump," and bontinog "big-assed"), or a double dim. of Fr. bon.
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Example sentences
It swings for the fences on tax hikes for the rich while bunting on sensible fixes to the rest of the system.
Meanwhile, the left-handed-hitting slugger continued to counter the over-shift against him by bunting when leading off an inning.
Painted bunting observer team seeks help from citizen scientists.
There was a dais at one end of the yard, decorated with tricolor bunting and set with many chairs.
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