from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light cotton or woolen cloth used for making flags.
  • n. Flags considered as a group.
  • n. Strips of cloth or material usually in the colors of the national flag, used especially as drapery or streamers for festive decoration.
  • n. Any of various birds of the family Fringillidae, having short, cone-shaped bills and brownish or grayish plumage.
  • n. A snug-fitting, hooded sleeping bag of heavy material for infants.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Strips of material used as festive decoration, especially in the colours of the national flag.
  • n. A thin cloth of woven wool from which flags are made; it is light enough to spread in a gentle wind but resistant to fraying in a strong wind.
  • n. Flags considered as a group.
  • n. Any of various songbirds, mostly of the genus Emberiza, having short bills and brown or gray plumage.
  • v. Present participle of bunt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bird of the genus Emberiza, or of an allied genus, related to the finches and sparrows (family Fringillidæ).
  • n. A thin woolen stuff, used chiefly for flags, colors, and ships' signals.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Short and thick-set.
  • n. A short and thick-set person.
  • n. The act of pushing, as with the horns or head; butting.
  • n. A game among boys, played with sticks and a small piece of wood cut lengthwise.
  • n. A large piece of timber; a heavy support for machinery or other structures.
  • n. The act of swelling out, as a sail.
  • n. Sifting.
  • n. The popular name of a number of conirostral oscine passerine birds of the genus Emberiza and family Fringillidæ.
  • n. By extension, a name given indefinitely and indiscriminately to a great number of emberizine and fringilline birds of all countries, and also to some birds not of the family Fringillidæ.
  • n. A light woolen stuff very loosely woven.
  • n. Flags, especially a vessel's flags, collectively.
  • n. The common shrimp, Crangon vulgaris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a loosely woven fabric used for flags, etc.
  • n. any of numerous seed-eating songbirds of Europe or North America


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps from German bunt, colored.
Middle English.
Perhaps from Scots buntin, plump, short.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Possibly from dialect bunting ("sifting flour"), from Middle English bonten ("to sift"), hence the material used for that purpose.

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See bunt



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  • Yes! They are good. I'll have to get a copy.

    January 22, 2008

  • I've always been a fan of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, personally.

    January 22, 2008

  • Well said, yarb. Until Walt and other bowlderizers got hold of them, the fairy-tale and nursery-rhyme canon was a pretty fearsome thing. But that's what made them good lessons, cautionary tales if you will, with plenty of text and subtext for kiddie and adult alike.

    January 21, 2008

  • The subtextual violence, scariness and ambiguity of traditional nursery rhymes (and, more so, fairy tales) is what makes them so good for kids.

    January 20, 2008

  • January 20, 2008

  • But Treeseed didn't write it so my critique isn't aimed at her. ...I like Treeseed, and Treeseed knows that. :)

    I'm just stickin' up for the critters, is all. MOST of these old nursery rhymes are violent and scary if you pay attention to the words. This one's no exception.

    January 20, 2008

  • That's a little harsh, arcadia. I hardly think Treeseed meant to offend. :-)

    January 20, 2008

  • That nursery rhyme is among the cruelest. Pardon a vegan mother, but hunting, milking, silk, and animal skin are the very last things I want to sing of to my babies. Mother Goose was a sicko. :(

    January 20, 2008

  • A baby or infant bunting is a garment like a bag but with arms and a neck opening, usually made of soft blanketlike or fleece material. It is usually worn indoors, also called a sleep sack.

    January 20, 2008

  • from a Mother Goose nursery rhyme

    "Bye, Baby Bunting

    Bye, baby bunting,

    Father's gone a-hunting,

    Mother's gone a-milking,

    Sister's gone a-silking,

    And brother's gone to buy a skin

    To wrap the baby bunting in.

    January 20, 2008