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

Keep scrolling for more

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 last season of the sci-fi drama was whiplash-inducing, and season three promises to be even more of a brain-bender. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "The 10 Things We're Most Excited to See at Comic-Con," 16 July 2019 The second incident that caught our eye happened in Wilmington, when, shortly before 1 a.m. June 22, a 22-year-old man got into a minor fender-bender in the drive-through at Simard’s Super Roast Beef on Main Street. Emily Sweeney,, "Cops call this meals-on-wheels a steal," 4 July 2019 Hemsworth reimagined his epic hero as a cheerful doofball with a busted hammer, letting Thompson dominate as a charisma firebomb on a millennia-deep bender. Darren Franich,, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019 Ronnie wakes up in a jail cell — post-bender — and after getting an earful from Det. Nina Metz,, "'The Chi': Emmett takes action and Kevin gets grounded," 9 June 2019 The 181 mind benders and games all use real-world scenarios that athletes, military personnel, and first responders might encounter. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can Solve This Puzzle, You Can Survive the Apocalypse," 17 Jan. 2019 Battle’s visions appear to represent a bridge between the previous generation of circuit benders and what its future could look like. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Circuit bending: Hacking a Furby in the name of music," 14 Sep. 2018 Desks line one wall of the plant so engineers and marketers can work cheek-to-jowl, while heavy manufacturing equipment like laser cutters, tube benders, and CNC machines lines the far wall. Edward Niedermeyer, Ars Technica, "Arcimoto raised $19 million to build “fun utility vehicles”—now what?," 11 July 2018 Newbury came up with a bender of a trip, exploring 66 countries over two years via private jet. Marisa Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Latest Travel Trend? Super Sabbaticals," 24 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bender.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of bender

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bender

Statistics for bender

Last Updated

26 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bender

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bender



English Language Learners Definition of bender

informal : a period when someone gets very drunk

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bender

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bender

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bender

Nglish: Translation of bender for Spanish Speakers

Comments on bender

What made you want to look up bender? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to shake or wave menacingly

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!