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

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Even if rising early to work out can be challenging at first, morning exercise won’t get in the way of Zoom meetings, play dates or your latest Netflix binge. Alexander Nazaryan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 June 2024 Two decades ago, the industry went on an incentive binge. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, 3 June 2024
Nielsen in a January report suggested library shows may have benefited from a shortage of new content to binge throughout much of 2023 due to the strikes by writers and actors that halted production for months. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 1 June 2024 Between an endless slew of new reality shows and existing favorites waiting to be binged, the scope of choices can feel overwhelming. James Mercadante,, 30 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for binge 

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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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