early 14c., "bound collection of things," from Middle Dutch bondel, diminutive of bond, from binden "to bind," or perhaps a merger of this word and Old English byndele "binding," from Proto-Germanic *bundilin (cf. German bündel "to bundle"), from PIE root *bhendh- "tie" (see bend (v.)). Meaning "a lot of money" is from 1899. To be a bundle of nerves "very anxious" is from 1938.
bundle bun·dle (bŭn'dl)
A structure composed of a group of fibers, such as a fasciculus.
To gather up small political contributions into a large and influential amount: His preferred strategy is a controversial practice known as bundling, which means rounding up contributions from friends/ The PAC bundles all the checks for presentation to the individual campaigns (1980s+)Related Terms