binge

noun
\ ˈbinj How to pronounce binge (audio) \

Definition of binge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a drunken revel : spree
b : an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence a buying binge
c : an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food) went on an eating binge binge drinking
2 : a social gathering : party

binge

verb
binged; bingeing or binging

Definition of binge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go on a binge bingeing on beer and pretzels binged and purged during her teen years

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Verb

binger \ ˈbin-​jər How to pronounce binger (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for binge

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of binge in a Sentence

Noun weekend binges are a serious problem at many colleges and universities a shopping binge at the mall Verb a program designed to educate college students about the dangers of bingeing
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Given the coronavirus pandemic, Pascal is promoting Butchers from her home in New York City, where she's been riding out quarantine by binge-watching TV. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Author Francine Pascal on her new thriller, what she's quaran-streaming," 26 May 2020 Even in a stay-home society, there seems to be a finite appetite for binge-watching routines. Freep.com, "TV during the COVID-19 crisis: What are we watching?," 8 May 2020 Among them: bipolar disorder, being male and engaging in heavy or binge drinking. Fox News, "Air Force suicides last year surged to highest levels in 30 years," 10 Feb. 2020 The lawsuit filed Tuesday details a night of binge-drinking throughout the main floor of the fraternity house. Washington Post, "Cornell freshman’s parents sue over his death, allege hazing," 29 Jan. 2020 Numerous studies have shown that binge drinking is on the rise among women. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Cocktails at the zoo a trend in parenting?," 22 Jan. 2020 Applications are open until May 3, so your binge-watching journey can coincide with Star Wars Day on May 4. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Get Paid $1,000 to Watch Every ‘Star Wars’ Movie and 'The Mandalorian' (Video)," 28 Apr. 2020 Instead of binge-watching cable TV, Boccaccio’s protagonists entertain each other by telling 100 stories of love, shame and religious hypocrisy. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art collection shows how humanity coped with pandemics from Black Death to AIDS," 26 Apr. 2020 Not that binge-watching is a particularly new phenomenon, but having to be stuck at home certainly has ramped up the practice of sitting on the couch and re-watching The Office for the 900th time. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "Get Paid $2,000 to Binge Watch TV — and You Even Get to Pick the Show," 10 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Once again, the self-aware and illegally self-directed SecUnit who would rather binge on the future's version of Netflix has to save some humans from fatal jeopardy. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "71 books for summer reading in 2020," 21 May 2020 These are days of endless searching for coronavirus explainers and bingeing on YouTube videos. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "It’s Google’s pandemic world; we’re just surfing in it," 29 Apr. 2020 If completely kept indoors with no outlet for a long time, the public may be tempted to start fully ignoring the distancing rules at the first sign of lower infection rates, like an extreme dieter who binges at a lavish open buffet. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, "Keep the Parks Open," 7 Apr. 2020 But, more broadly still, there is something about observing a single image at a time, as opposed to watching a full episode, or bingeing on several, that makes for a new kind of perspective on the show. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Aesthetic Splendor of “The Simpsons”," 13 Mar. 2020 Little more than a decade after consumers binged on inexpensive mortgages that helped bring on a global financial crisis, a new debt surge - this time by major corporations - threatens to unleash fresh turmoil. Author: David J. Lynch, Anchorage Daily News, "Corporate debt nears a record $10 trillion, and borrowing binge poses new risks," 30 Nov. 2019 At this moment of intense focus on time-killing activities, media content is being perused, binged, but rarely closely examined. Armond White, National Review, "Mind Control, via Cultural Coverage, at the New York Times," 17 Apr. 2020 Then, get ready to binge on some comfort/junk food in hunker-down mode. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian food prep: Eating in and eating out before, during and after the storm," 29 Aug. 2019 Corporations have binged on debt as central banks in the world’s financial capitals have sought to keep a lid on interest rates. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "As the economy plunges, debate is growing over a bailout for junk bonds," 8 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of binge

Noun

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for binge

Noun and Verb

English dialect binge (to drink heavily)

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The first known use of binge was in 1854

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Last Updated

30 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Binge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/binge. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for binge

binge

noun
How to pronounce binge (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of binge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a short period of time when you do too much of something

binge

verb

English Language Learners Definition of binge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to eat, drink, etc., too much in a short period of time : to go on a binge

binge

noun
\ ˈbinj \

Kids Definition of binge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of doing something (as eating) to excess in a short time

binge

verb
bingeing or binging;; binged

Kids Definition of binge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to do something (as eat) to excess in a short time

binge

noun
\ ˈbinj \

Medical Definition of binge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of excessive or compulsive consumption especially of food or alcoholic beverages
binged; bingeing or binging

Medical Definition of binge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go on a binge a self-destructive pattern of smoking, starving, and bingeing— Carol Tavris

Other Words from binge

binger \ -​ər How to pronounce binger (audio) \ noun

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