\ 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 onsplurge 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: Noun If a visit to Austin is just not the same without the crowds, bars and live music, which have been curtailed by the pandemic, perhaps now’s the time for that hotel splurge. Connie Dufner, Dallas News, "Texas highways beckon: Doors have flung open to summer vacation and closer-to-home experiences," 24 June 2020 Sometimes a skin care product is worth the splurge, and this is one that continually makes the list of most beloved anti-aging products by top dermatologists. Christina Heiser, NBC News, "Best anti-aging creams, serums and more, according to experts," 17 June 2020 In this austere telling, disputed by many economists, the current splurge is a vindication of fiscal rectitude, rather than its negation. The Economist, "Hey, big spenders Germany opens the money tap," 11 June 2020 There’s no getting around it: At over $400 a pop, a pair of Common Projects’ Achilles sneakers is an investment, but the splurge is well-warranted. Lindsey Olander, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 White Sneakers That Pair With Everything In Your Suitcase," 8 June 2020 The 50/30/20 budget — where 50% of take-home pay goes to needs, 30% to wants and 20% to debt payments and savings — allows for flexibility for some splurges within the 30% category. cleveland, "How parents can help Generation Z prepare their credit for graduation," 25 May 2020 Things that were once seen as splurges—pretty much anything outside of your basic grocery store pet food—to prior generations are now viewed as necessities or requirements for this new age of pet owners. Rachel King, Fortune, "Goodboy’s data-driven approach to pet health care," 25 May 2020 While some of the products are serious splurges, being able to order them online is a great way to keep some favorite restaurants in business. The Washington Post, "Ask Tom: Dining during the pandemic," 20 May 2020 Or, for a once-in-a-lifetime splurge, sign up for a trip aboard the Dunia Baru, a 167-foot traditional phinisi-style yacht that hosts up to 14 guests with 18 crew members (a dive instructor and chef included). Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "9 Unforgettable Ocean Adventures to Plan Now," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the preview for the show, Kortney introduces herself and Dave, explaining that their goal is to teach couples where to splurge and where to save. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "HGTV Stars Kortney and Dave Wilson Are Back With a New Reno Show Called 'Making It Home'," 10 July 2020 If it's featured here, consider this my permission to splurge on it. Taylore Glynn, Marie Claire, "Why 111Skin's Black Diamond Eye Masks Are Worth It," 24 June 2020 Grab a slice for $1.99 or splurge on a whole pie for just $9.95. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Travelers looking to splurge gravitate toward the Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi, which has 29 elegant villas — each with a private pool — and 90 suites nestled in the rain forest and along the beach. Rebecca Ascher-walsh, Travel + Leisure, "The Top 10 Islands in Asia," 8 July 2020 His job is about hospitality, making people feel comfortable and happy to splurge on a nice meal in a convivial setting. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will America still go out to eat? One restaurateur’s moment of truth.," 29 June 2020 Parents can splurge on a $949 polyethylene spiral slide with a center pipe that attaches to a play set, but there are less expensive options. oregonlive, "Create summer camp at home, with or without a waterslide," 27 June 2020 For the price and overall quality, McDowell recommends this knife to both culinary pros and those new in the kitchen who are willing to splurge on an investment tool for assisting with intricate cuts and deveining shrimp. NBC News, "Best kitchen knives and how to buy them, according to experts," 24 June 2020 Instead, splurge for one of the 19th-century cottages at Winslow’s Bungalows downtown. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020

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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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The first known use of splurge was in 1830

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2 Jul 2020

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“Splurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splurge. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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