\ 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 The capiz shell pendant, the project’s splurge, is one of the designers’ favorite elements. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021 Consider these braids, manicures, and liner looks a little bit of Dior and Chanel for your life without the splurge. Allure, 6 July 2021 Why has Biden embarked on a historic spending splurge with nary a whisper of bipartisan support? Rich Lowry, National Review, 2 Apr. 2021 Such deals can save you 50 percent or more and make for an enticing last-minute getaway splurge: A recent email from FlyJets advertised a $1,213 single-seat fare on a Gulfstream from Westhampton, New York, to Miami. Blane Bachelor, Outside Online, 21 June 2021 In June 2020, OpenAI, an independent AI institute cofounded by Elon Musk but now bankrolled by a billion dollars from Microsoft, won a splurge of media coverage with a system called GPT-3. Tom Simonite, Wired, 8 June 2021 The idea of what qualifies as a splurge varies from person to person. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, 19 May 2021 Though an occasional splurge won’t completely devastate your budget, overindulging without a plan could. Moneytips, cleveland, 25 Apr. 2021 And if you’re still not completely sold on the full-size splurge, four of the shades are available in a miniature size to test. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And now that the world is slowly reopening and social calendars filling up once more, there's never been a more opportune time to splurge on a few fresh looks to revamp your wardrobe. Jennifer Chan, PEOPLE.com, 14 July 2021 For those looking to splurge, luxury packages with business class flights are also on sale. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, 8 July 2021 After more than a year of sweatpants and home offices, consumers are ready to splurge, snapping up products that will get them out of the house and into the post-quarantine world — all while looking and feeling good. NBC News, 6 July 2021 Those who want the Korban look but aren’t quite ready to splurge on a new condo can scope out the designer’s furniture collection with EJ Victor, which includes a few of the chairs and tables used in 40 Bleecker’s model units. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 21 June 2021 Ready to splurge on a brand-new television without breaking your budget? Kelsey Mulvey, Forbes, 15 June 2021 On a budget, ready to splurge or just need someplace new? Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 June 2021 Spend on an elaborate, multi-tiered orchid arrangement; splurge on a gorgeous bonsai arrangement. Sarah Sarder, Chron, 3 June 2021 Why not splurge this Father’s Day and get him a Ryobi riding mower? Marah Eakin, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021

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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 5 Aug. 2021.

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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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