\ 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

Do yourself a favor and splurge on a rental of a power dethatcher. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "How to make your lilacs bloom like crazy next summer," 20 June 2019 For most, dinner at Pernoi will be a once in a blue moon splurge, saved for milestone anniversaries and the most special occasions. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "An early taste of Pernoi, one of metro Detroit's most anticipated restaurants ever," 19 June 2019 Sarri's pleas to the Bianconeri board could prove the decisive factor in the race for Pogba's signature, especially after Real Madrid's summer splurge. SI.com, "Paul Pogba Tops List of Targets for Juventus Coach Maurizio Sarri as Man Utd Exit Edges Closer," 17 June 2019 For Smith, the splurge of the project was swapping out appliances in the kitchen. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Designers' Secrets for Maximizing a Home, Even When Your Budget is Minimal," 22 May 2019 Every New Yorker has that special splurge piece in their closet, the one that makes little practical sense but seduces its purchaser like a department store siren. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "The Fine Print: Polkadots, Stripes, and More at the Art Production Fund’s Gala," 13 Mar. 2019 But the real gem of the conversation is his ultimate splurge. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This is The One Thing in Your Home Bobby Berk Thinks You Should Splurge On," 5 Apr. 2019 The splurge wasn't just for the sake of a custom gown, but would benefit a laudable cause. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Carolina Herrera Gives Washington Some Real Fashion for a Change," 3 May 2019 High: $4,800 a day Accidental splurges are a bona fide hazard in high-cost Zurich. Plot your stay carefully by taking in the rarefied sites that tourists seldom see. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, "Two Infallible Itineraries to Zurich—for $4,800 or $370 a day," 16 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Ashley Brooke YouTuber and entrepreneur Ashley Brooke rarely splurges on shoes. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Fashion Influencers Get Dressed Part 2," 1 July 2019 The journey is 2 1/2 hours each way, immersed in fall colors with plentiful pours from local breweries such as Ska Brewing and Animas Brewing Co. Book a spot on the open-air gondola car, or splurge on the 1882 Victorian Nomad car. Monica Parpal Stockbridge, The Know, "5 summer adventures crafted around craft beer," 12 June 2019 For those willing to splurge, a plethora of resorts, such as the luxurious Kempinski, line the Dead Sea Shore, offering beach access and spa treatments. Abby Sewell, National Geographic, "Discover the best beaches in the Middle East," 29 May 2019 Some stock tank swimming pool owners add surrounding rock tiles to provide makeshift flooring, while others splurge on premium wooden decks and siding. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Stock Tank Pools Will Be More Popular Than Ever This Summer," 9 May 2019 Grab a slice for $1.99 or splurge on a whole pie for just $9.95. 2. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Calculating the economic impact of sporting trophies is hard, but there can be little doubt that a victory could be worth more in terms of positive publicity for Croatia than years of splurging on global PR campaigns. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 Growth projections take into account millennial consumer trends of splurging on travel and experiences, which require travel accessories. Fortune, "Rimowa and Virgil Abloh Are Creating Completely See-Through Luggage," 5 June 2018 This turn inward, away from public life to private, was due in part to the economic boom presided over by Ronald Reagan — people finally had the money to splurge on radicchio flown in from Italy and crème fraîche from France. New York Times, "How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene," 16 Apr. 2018

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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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