bend·​er | \ ˈben-dər How to pronounce bender (audio) \
plural benders

Definition of bender

1 : one that bends
2 : spree hungover after a weekend bender
3 baseball, informal : curveball … throws a nasty bender in the zone …— Tim Kurkjian
4 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
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First Known Use of bender

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 May 2022

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“Bender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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