\ 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

Verb You should let yourself splurge once in a while.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That being said, there are pricier models around $3,000 that are worth the splurge, and can still find a good hybrid mattress for under $1,000. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 1 Sep. 2022 Advice from the Episode David and Stephen St. Russell share their advice for renovating a home, preserving character, and their favorite splurge vs. save tips. Veronica Toney, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 July 2022 Ndigo Studio, created by a sister duo based in Miami, delivers a fun, fantastical special-occasion dress worthy of the splurge. Minhae Shim Roth, Good Housekeeping, 27 Aug. 2022 While this coffee machine is a bit of a splurge, your girlfriend most definitely deserves it. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 24 Aug. 2022 Our pick for a splurge set is a true statement piece for the kitchen. Rennie Dyball, Peoplemag, 8 Aug. 2022 The set is a bit of a splurge, but Boll & Branch provides free shipping in the United States as well as a 30-day return period, even if the linens have been used. Daria Smith, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 July 2022 Definitely a bit of a splurge, but Bona Furtuna is an organic and sustainable Italian food company that is bringing authentic Italian provisions to the world. Benjamin Liong Setiawan, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 At nearly $17,000, this is — needless to say — something of a splurge. Alexandra Ilyashov, Curbed, 2 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For those willing to splurge on a hot tool, this is the one to invest in. Kylee Mcguigan, Popular Mechanics, 17 Sep. 2022 Devoted fans of Rothy's will find plenty of reasons to splurge on this chic weekender bag. Alesandra Dubin, Woman's Day, 9 Sep. 2022 This is the place to splurge on a celebratory drink, milkshake, or over-the-top dessert. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2022 Takkenberg decided to splurge on a DJ booth for Northwave. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, 7 Sep. 2022 The glass-half-full contingent among the Apple watchers out there will no doubt read into that 90 million figure that, if nothing else, a big chunk of Apple’s customer base is more than ready to splurge for an upgrade to the iPhone 14. Andy Meek, BGR, 7 Sep. 2022 Get an individual mooncake or splurge on a variety pack. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 7 Sep. 2022 The recent premiers of tentpole epics like The Rings of Power mask the fact that the days when studios would not hesitate to splurge in the quest for subscriber growth and lower rates of churn, appear over. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 2 Sep. 2022 Opposingly, an opportunity to splurge could grab your attention instead. Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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“Splurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splurge. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for splurge


\ 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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