bundle off


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.
verb (used with object), bundled, bundling.
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.
verb (used without object), bundled, bundling.
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.
Verb phrases
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.

1350–1400; Middle English bundel < Middle Dutch bundel, bondel; akin to bind

bundler, noun

1. Bundle, bunch refer to a number of things or an amount of something fastened or bound together. Bundle implies a close binding or grouping together, and often refers to a wrapped package: a bundle of laundry, of dry goods. A bunch is a number of things, usually all of the same kind, fastened together: a bunch of roses, of keys. 2. parcel, pack, packet.
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bundle (ˈbʌndəl)
1.  a number of things or a quantity of material gathered or loosely bound together: a bundle of sticks Related: fascicular
2.  something wrapped or tied for carrying; package
3.  slang a large sum of money
4.  slang go a bundle on to be extremely fond of
5.  biology a collection of strands of specialized tissue such as nerve fibres
6.  botany short for vascular bundle
7.  textiles a measure of yarn or cloth; 60 000 yards of linen yarn; 5 or 10 pounds of cotton hanks
8.  drop one's bundle
 a.  slang (Austral), (NZ) to panic or give up hope
 b.  slang (NZ) to give birth
vb (often foll by up) (foll by out, off, into etc) (usually foll by into)
9.  to make into a bundle
10.  to go or cause to go, esp roughly or unceremoniously: we bundled him out of the house
11.  to push or throw, esp quickly and untidily: to bundle shirts into a drawer
12.  (tr) to sell (computer hardware and software) as one indivisible package
13.  (tr) to give away (a relatively cheap product) when selling an expensive one to attract business: several free CDs are often bundled with music centres
14.  (intr) 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
Related: fascicular
[C14: probably from Middle Dutch bundel; related to Old English bindele bandage; see bind, bond]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from M.Du. bondel, dim. of bond, from binden "bind," or perhaps a merger of this word and O.E. byndele "binding," from P.Gmc. base *bundilin (cf. Ger. bündel "to bundle"), from PIE base *bhendh- "tie." The verb is recorded from 1620s; meaning "to wrap up in warm heavy clothes" is from
1893. Related: Bundled. Bundling (1781) "sharing a bed for the night, fully dressed, wrapped up with someone of the opposite sex" was a former local custom in Wales and New England.
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bundle bun·dle (bŭn'dl)
A structure composed of a group of fibers, such as a fasciculus.

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