bend·​er ˈben-dər How to pronounce bender (audio)
plural benders
: one that bends
: spree
hungover after a weekend bender
baseball, informal : curveball
… throws a nasty bender in the zone …Tim Kurkjian
or bender tent British : a simple shelter consisting of a framework of branches covered with a tarpaulin
The teenager had left to live in a bender, a home-made shelter in the woods …Emma Cooney

Examples of bender in a Sentence

He went on a bender and was drunk all weekend. didn't remember a thing after the all-night bender
Recent Examples on the Web The oddly appealing result sounds a bit like Usher and T-Pain at the end of a wild bender. Journal Sentinel, 24 Jan. 2024 This seems to have been the worst period for Elon’s drug bender, as other friends encouraged him to take Ellison’s offer, or attend rehab. Bradley Brownell / Jalopnik, Quartz, 5 Feb. 2024 Federal prosecutors are now investigating the incident, which led Cruise to halt its fleet nationwide and undercut GM Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra’s vision to transform the carmaker from a 20th-century metal bender to a transportation company of the future. David Welch, Fortune, 25 Jan. 2024 And even a cursory read of Mr. Biden’s memoir is enough to pour cold water on the idea that his benders were much more than grinding episodes of addiction and grief, which put his family through an excruciating emotional ordeal. Joseph Bernstein, New York Times, 15 Oct. 2023 His chief competitor for competence includes Louisa (Rosalind Eleazar), who lost her partner last season, and is now seemingly on a bender of anonymous men and risky behavior that might end her days. Stephen Rodrick, Variety, 29 Nov. 2023 His dubious paychecks and I.R.S. woes and benders and paternity drama and naked selfies make up a tragicomic monument to human frailty, one that seems out of place even in the hall of ne’er-do-well White House relatives—your Billy Carters, your Roger Clintons. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2023 From an absentee mom who runs off to Macau on a gambling bender, to reunited estranged siblings whose chaotic dynamic belies a deeper connection, the film allows Asian Americans and those from immigrant communities the rare opportunity to laugh at their traumas. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 7 Nov. 2023 His attorney argued that after his friend, Samuel Herrera, was killed by deputies, Murray went on a two-day bender, fueled by cognac and methamphetamine. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bender was in the 15th century

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“Bender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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