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BUNCH, Bunse, n.1, n. [bʌnʃ Rxb., n.Ir., but Ayr. and Gall. + bʌns]

1. n.

(1) “Applied to a girl or young woman who is squat and corpulent” (Ayr., Gall. 1887 Jam.6, bunse, bunch); “a short thick little girl” (Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 102); “a rather stout, tidy little woman” (Uls. 1924 North. Whig (12 Jan.)). Known to Lnk.3 1937.

(2) A stout, sturdy calf. n.Ir. 1884  Cruck-a-Leaghan and Slieve Gallion Lays and Leg. of n. Ir. 78:
He stud higher, at laste be a half, Than the sturdiest bunch av a Michaelmas calf.

2. v. (See quot.) Rxb. 1825  Jam.2;
Watson W.-B., obs.:
To bunch about, to go about in a hobbling sort of way; a term applied to one of a squat or corpulent form.

[Prob. onomat. Cf. Punch and Eng. bounce.]

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