\ˈsplərj \

Definition of splurge 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an ostentatious effort, display, or expenditure


splurged; splurging

Definition of splurge (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to make a splurge

2 : to indulge oneself extravagantly often used with on splurge on a new dress

transitive verb

: to spend extravagantly or ostentatiously

Examples of splurge in a Sentence


You should let yourself splurge once in a while.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The house is full of smart splurges: There's a retractable glass garage door that brings in plenty of natural light—and opens up onto a pop-out terrace—and a loft bed that's directly above the bathroom. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You've Got To See This Tiny House Airbnb Olivia Wilde Helped Design," 12 Oct. 2018 From Louis Vuitton's iconic collections with Stephen Sprouse and Jeff Koons to vintage and limited-edition Chanel bags, eBay's sale is filled with rare finds that all feel worthy of a splurge. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Presidential Alert: A Bunch of Rare Chanel and Louis Vuitton Bags Just Hit eBay," 4 Oct. 2018 Shop the 35 best fall coats here at every price point, from a timeless (wallet-friendly!) trench to several stylish faux furs worth the splurge. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Shop Fall’s Best Coats at Every Price Point," 25 Sep. 2018 The splurge: The couple spent more than triple their original wedding ring budget. Honeymooning The groom’s parents surprised Ben and Moriah with a mini-moon in Stockton, N.J. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 With the notable exception of pricey Japanese super-mask SK-II, a splurge for aspirational brides, the masks are mainly a Korean phenomenon. Ilise Carter, WSJ, "Do Korean Sheet Masks Actually Improve Your Skin?," 13 June 2018 Fans of the brand — including celebs like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid (who reps their campaigns) — know that this opportunity to score those splurge-worthy styles at guilt-free prices is a deal that can’t be passed up. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "All the Stuart Weitzman Shoes You Should Shop While They're 50 Percent Off," 31 May 2018 Keep in mind that at nearly 1,500 calories in a large, this sugary splurge is best kept as an occasional reward for your sweet tooth. 16. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Milan have endured a complicated succession of off-field difficulties since the arrival of owner Yonghong Li and the subsequent splurge of big spending transfer activity last summer. SI.com, "AC Milan Could Be Forced to Sell Captain Leonardo Bonucci Amid Club's FFP Woes," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some editors prefer drugstore formulas, others splurge on the high-end stuff. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Teen Vogue Editors Pick Their Favorite Foundations," 13 Oct. 2018 Photo: Tia Borgsmidt for The Wall Street Journal Back inside, the couple splurged in the living room, spending $63,000 on the oak-plank floors from Denmark’s Dinesen, which complement an antique Chinese chest. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "A Home in an Affluent Copenhagen Suburb Keeps Getting Better," 6 Sep. 2018 Getty ImagesKeila Lopez Even before Khloe Kardashian gave birth to her daughter, True, in April, Kris Jenner splurged on over $8,000-worth of nursery items for her new granddaughter. Lyndsey Matthews, Marie Claire, "Shop Khloe Kardashian's Nursery For Your Own Baby," 23 May 2018 Take the style factor to the next level by splurging on the rain coat too ($48). Sunset, "11 Awesome Finds for Dog Clothes & Accessories," 22 Jan. 2018 The never-ending parade of products and services pet parents are willing to splurge on are sure to provide growth opportunities for quite a while. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 In response, some opponents have splurged on defensive wings or rim-protecting bigs—impairing their future flexibility in the process. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James Defies Logic and the NBA Life Cycle," 28 May 2018 Yet plenty of people don’t want to splurge on a fancy phone every few years. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Should You Get a Cheaper Phone? Be Sure to Look Into the Camera," 28 Feb. 2018 Capitalize on credit card rewards Hold says to use those credit cards rewards to pay off a credit card balance rather than splurging on something else. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "Effective debt management: How to increase savings and get rid of that debt load," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of splurge


1830, in the meaning defined above


1843, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for splurge


perhaps blend of splash and surge

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English Language Learners Definition of splurge

: to spend more money than usual on something for yourself


\ˈsplərj \
splurged; splurging

Kids Definition of splurge

: to spend lavishly or give in to indulgence I decided to splurge and order a banana split.

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