1 of 2


: an ostentatious effort, display, or expenditure


2 of 2


splurged; splurging

intransitive verb

: to make a splurge
: 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

Verb You should let yourself splurge once in a while.
Recent Examples on the Web
But Take Note While its price tag is a splurge, this is a high-quality blanket that would make a thoughtful baby shower gift that the expecting parents can get a lot of use from. Phoebe Sklansky, Parents, 4 Apr. 2024 While dropping $2,000 on a rug would be an absurd splurge for most people, in the world of fine rugs it’s considered a bargain. Michelle Brunner, Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2024 What to Consider This is more of a splurge option best suited for frequent campers. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 21 Mar. 2024 Spending more on health, wellness, and travel While electronics and technology ranked as the highest splurge category in the study across all ages except for the 35-to-44 demographic, health and wellness was also ahead of the pack, and travel and excursions is gaining significant momentum. Dara A. Busch, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2024 The 49ers struggled to find the right mix of cornerbacks throughout the season, and that misstep can be traced to last spring’s splurge on free agent Isaiah Oliver, who didn’t play a defensive snap in the playoffs and got released Friday. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, 28 Feb. 2024 For the ultimate splurge, reserve one of the highly coveted Sky Suites, which offer VIP perks like a private concierge plus exclusive access to a private lounge and pool. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2024 But Take Note An obvious drawback is that—like most items from Seraphine—this is a splurge buy with a normal retail price of $249. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 23 Feb. 2024 Here’s a fine example of the style at $30, still a splurge but relatively affordable for this region. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2024
Though streaming undoubtedly still poses a threat to movie theaters, the tides appear to be turning ever so slightly in exhibitors’ favor as studios rethink their release strategies and film fanatics continue to splurge on Imax and other premium large formats. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 That’s partly because leisure travelers have been willing to splurge more on vacations in recent years and business travel still hasn’t fully recovered to its pre-pandemic demand levels. Zach Wichter, USA TODAY, 1 Apr. 2024 Uniqueness: Gift-giving is the time to splurge or surprise new parents and caregivers. Maya Polton, Parents, 29 Mar. 2024 Now, the music streaming giant is betting you’ll be tempted to splurge on pricey learning courses in everything from building a start-up to becoming a DJ. Byryan Hogg, Fortune Europe, 27 Mar. 2024 Spending on international travel and live entertainment surged nearly 30 percent last year, five times the rate of overall spending growth, as Americans splurged on European vacations and Taylor Swift concerts. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2024 According to some of the country's most in-demand wedding cake makers, a growing number of couples are prioritizing their cakes and are more willing to splurge on a special, show-stopping centerpiece for their reception. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 21 Mar. 2024 When the once-in-a-century COVID pandemic hit, central banks responded by flooding the market with liquidity while governments splurged in an all-out bid to stave off an economic meltdown. Robert Stevens, Fortune, 19 Mar. 2024 Designers may be taking the classic Birkenstock buckle slides and giving them a revamp, but why splurge when the originals are already a hit? Lane Nieset, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2024

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Word History



perhaps blend of splash and surge

First Known Use


1830, in the meaning defined above


1843, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of splurge was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Splurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splurge. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an instance of spending more than usual


2 of 2 verb
splurged; splurging
: indulge oneself or spend lavishly

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