\ ˈsplərj How to pronounce splurge (audio) \

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

Lucky for you, this former splurge is actually on sale right now for $50 cheaper than usual. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "You Can Snag This Best-Selling Sunrise Alarm Clock Our Readers Love for Just $89 Today," 15 July 2019 The capital splurge is to be funded in part by the sale of over $20bn in bonds, and in part from several taxes that left-leaning folk, especially Chicagoans, who dominate state politics, have long sought. The Economist, "More liberal, functional Illinois," 21 June 2019 This offseason’s splurge means teams won’t have the same cap space available next July, with next year serving as a bridge year between ‘19 and the star-studded 2021 class. Damichael Cole, SI.com, "Ranking the 10 Best Players Available in 2020 NBA Free Agency," 16 July 2019 The offense added a five-run splurge in the eighth. Los Angeles Times, "Dave Roberts looks to keep Dodgers’ momentum going in second half," 15 July 2019 The deft revamp of this grand 19th-century villa within a botanic garden is certainly a splurge (duplex suites at $1,325 or two unconnected, same-floor superior rooms from $614 each). Amy Tara Koch, Twin Cities, "Finding European hotel rooms for families can be tough. Here are suggestions in 8 cities.," 6 July 2019 And, after a massive spending splurge, so is Paul George. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Clippers and Lakers did what they needed to do: take bold action," 6 July 2019 The cost, at just over $120 for two (with tip), is a worthwhile splurge. Seth Kugel, New York Times, "A Whirlwind, Round-the-World Food Tour of Queens," 1 July 2019 Dance in the shallow pool with other partiers, enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the bars, lounge on a day bed or splurge for a cabana and get access to the VIP bar behind the DJ stand that faces the pool. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And while getting things for cheap is always fun (for you and for your wallet), Prime Day is also a great time to splurge on luxury items that are still price—but are deeply discounted. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 splurge-worthy Prime Day deals that are actually worth the money," 15 July 2019 There’s one item that—while expensive—is being offered at a steep discount making it a top time to splurge: the Vitamix blender. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best splurge item for Amazon Prime Day: the Vitamix blender," 15 July 2019 And of course, shopping is a great way to splurge at the State Fair. Brian Sodoma, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have a blast at the Wisconsin State Fair on any budget," 14 June 2019 There’s definitely nothing wrong with this, but people should find one or two things to splurge on, such as a daily latte, and then focus on bringing lunch from home or trimming the budget in other ways. MS. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "The Biggest Ways People Waste Money," 14 June 2019 That being said, Father’s Day might just be the perfect occasion to splurge on something that's perfect for a day by the sea. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "This Father’s Day, Take the Dads in Your Life to the Beach," 6 June 2019 Get ready to splurge on some of your favorite fashions. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Nordstrom Announces Massive Winter Sale," 18 Feb. 2018 The firms have splurged some $92bn of cash in the past five years (as well as additional billions in stock) buying up smaller rival firms (see chart). The Economist, "Calls to rein in the tech titans are getting louder," 16 July 2019 Recently, many jurisdictions splurged on new election systems, some using their portion of $380 million in federal funds provided to states. Washington Post, "Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking," 15 July 2019

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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

informal : to spend more money than usual on something for yourself


\ ˈsplərj How to pronounce splurge (audio) \
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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