1 of 2


plural binges
: an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence
a buying/shopping binge
a weekend-long TV binge
especially : an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food or alcoholic beverages)
went on an eating/drinking binge
Meanwhile, the hangover cure pitches suggest that before every healthy New Year's resolution comes an unhealthy New Year's binge. M. Carrie Allan
see also binge drinking, binge eating, binge-watch
: a social gathering : party
… fancy-dress binges have always been my dish.P. G. Wodehouse


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binged; bingeing or binging

intransitive verb

: to go on a binge
bingeing on beer and pretzels
Anorexics eat hardly anything while bulimics binge on large amounts of food, then purge themselves with laxatives or by vomiting or other means.Jon Marcus
binger noun

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
In 2021, tech companies were living the high life and busy with hiring and expansion binges. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 7 Mar. 2023 The would-be buyer was Henry Clay Frick, the American industrialist, who in the late nineteenth century had embarked on an acquisition binge of Old Masters, and who already owned two works by the seventeenth-century painter from Delft. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 20 Feb. 2023 The decision comes several months after the ends of their respective seasons: Game Changers concluded in November 2022, and Big Shot had a binge release in October. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2023 But as borgs go viral, some harm reduction advocates — who don't condone binge drinking — have said the trend may actually mitigate the dangers of college drinking culture. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 9 Feb. 2023 Long-distance hikers love to reach towns and binge. Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 30 Dec. 2022 Sibley doesn’t shy away from the parts of the Harris saga that don’t paint him in the best light: the drunken nights, the cocaine binges, the fights, the affairs, the petty squabbles with co-stars and collaborators. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2023 Feeling Cold Feeling cold is a symptom more often associated with anorexia than with bulimia or binge eating disorder.1 Frequently complaining about being cold or wearing sweaters and other heavy clothing, even in mild weather, are common tip-offs in people with eating disorders. Amanda Gardner, Health, 25 Apr. 2023 The perfect, horrific, cannibalistic, anti-gentrifying summer binge. Vulture, 19 Apr. 2023
While the royalty obsessed are awaiting King Charles III’s coronation this weekend, others are binging the Bridgerton-verse’s latest addition worthy of the Society Papers: Queen Charlotte. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 May 2023 Plus, streaming services, particularly Netflix, that binged on content spending during the pandemic may have enough material to hold them over for a while. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2023 Research has demonstrated that people who binge may be more likely to create unusual food concoctions. Amanda Gardner, Health, 25 Apr. 2023 Viewers couldn't help binging the series as fast as possible to talk about it with friends who were just as mesmerized by the engaging plot and moving acting, with turns from Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, O Yeong-su, and more. Robert English,, 18 Apr. 2023 Constantly having to delete photos, videos, and other large files takes time and energy that can be spent binging TV or playing video games. Stackcommerce Team, PCMAG, 31 Mar. 2023 No, the couple wasn’t bingeing on fair fare or riding rides. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 6 Mar. 2023 Here’s how to watch the finale and binge the entire series online for free. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 19 Apr. 2023 Prime Video also offers a 7-day free trial to HBO Max for those looking for a more affordable way to binge both films. Anna Tingley, Variety, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

English dialect binge (to drink heavily)

First Known Use


1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of binge was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Binge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition


: spree
: an act of consuming something (as food) to excess
binge verb

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an act of excessive or compulsive consumption especially of food or alcoholic beverages see also binge drinking, binge eating


2 of 2 intransitive verb
binged; bingeing or binging
: to go on a binge
… as compared to males, females were more likely to have used alcohol in the past 30 days, but less likely to have bingedKathleen Ragsdale et al., Journal of Substance Use
The bulimic patient prefers to be alone when she binges, and she binges usually for between 15 minutes and a few hours.L. K. George Hsu, Behavior Modification
binger noun

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