1. A group of objects held together, as by tying or wrapping.
2. Something wrapped or tied up for carrying; a package.
3. Biology A cluster or strand of closely bound muscle or nerve fibers.
4. Botany A vascular bundle.
a. A large amount; a lot: had a bundle of fun at the dance.
b. A large sum of money: made a bundle selling real estate.
v. bun·dled, bun·dling, bun·dles
1. To tie, wrap, or gather together.
2. To dispatch or dispense of quickly and with little fuss; hustle: bundled the child off to school.
3. To dress (a person) warmly: bundled them up in winter clothes.
1. To hurry; hasten: The children came bundling in from outside.
2. To sleep in the same bed while fully clothed, a custom formerly practiced by engaged couples in New England and in Wales.
To dress oneself warmly.
bundle of joy
bundle of nerves
An extremely nervous person.
[Middle English bundel, probably from Middle Dutch bondel; see bhendh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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