\ 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

When asked about her biggest splurge, Demi opened up about the lavish vacation. Melissa Minton, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato Shares Her Best Saving Advice," 7 June 2018 Eating: Sample the cuisine of the late legendary chef Paul Bocuse at Brasserie le Sud, with a sunny Mediterranean menu and feel (splurge, 11 Place Antonin Poncet, tel. Rick Steves' Europe, The Seattle Times, "Loving Lyon: France’s culinary capital is off the tourist path," 20 Feb. 2019 There's nothing wrong with making a serious splurge on your fave makeup, but brands do offer affordable makeup and haircare alternatives. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Here’s How Much Cardi B’s Beauty Routine Costs," 4 Dec. 2018 Some of these splurges get at the heart of cultural taboos about how women spend their money. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "To Me, From Me: Stories That Celebrate a Little Self-Indulgence," 7 Jan. 2019 Tis the season to spend $$, but these epic sales will make the holiday splurge a little more bearable. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "These Are the Most Amazing Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals for 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 An occasional splurge is a $5 bottle of wine, or a box for $15. Veronica Dagher, WSJ, "The New Retirement Plan: Save Almost Everything, Spend Virtually Nothing," 3 Nov. 2018 Grab a few singles, snag a set, or do both — with a sale this good, the splurge is not only inevitable, it's encouraged. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "All The Candles That Are on Sale During the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 20 July 2018 Though rooms are fairly spacious, the suites are worth the splurge: Many are the size of two or three rooms combined, and offer better views and a separate dining space. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the more tech-savvy (and for those willing to splurge), Toy Insider Mom can't get enough of the Sky Viper HD Video Drone and the Ground Force Drifter. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "The Best Toys and Gadgets for Keeping Kids Active," 2 Dec. 2015 This Best of Beauty-winning gem from Briogeo is one of our favorite hair splurges for a reason. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 11 Best Scrubs and Treatments for Dry, Itchy Scalps," 12 Oct. 2018 This gave him more fiscal leeway to splurge on infrastructure projects. The Economist, "Indonesia’s leader, Jokowi, is splurging on infrastructure," 5 May 2018 Meanwhile, Americans are enjoying the lowest unemployment rate in almost a half century and seeing steady growth to their wages, meaning more of them can afford to splurge on that special Thanksgiving turkey. Hannah Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Turkey prices are lowest in a decade, but not for the kinds Washington farmers raise. Those are soaring.," 22 Nov. 2018 Of course, a cool alarm clock isn't reason enough to splurge on a $799+ phone, plus another $79 on its wireless charging stand. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Google's New Sunrise Alarm Lets You Wake Up Naturally, Before The Buzzer," 2 Nov. 2018 In the meantime, get a jump on all your holiday shopping by visiting our new Amazon store right now — and don’t forget to splurge on something for yourself! Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping to Open First-Ever "Top Tested" Store Just In Time for Holiday Shopping," 12 Sep. 2018 Netflix and Amazon continue to prioritise scale and are splurging to achieve it, observes Michael Nathanson of Moffett Nathanson, a research firm. The Economist, "Big tech is growing, but so is investors’ caution," 26 Apr. 2018 The process of navigating endless salon appointments and hours spent in an online inspiration rabbit hole paired with the sneaking temptation of splurging on (or investing in) Haute Couture can feel identical in its addictive quality. Christian Oth, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Non-Traditional Gowns For the Renegade Bride," 1 Nov. 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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