\ 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

Fine said $55 for a 60-minute massage proved to be a popular splurge for people looking for relaxation after chaotic storm preparation. Cindy Krischer Goodman, sun-sentinel.com, "Hurricane Dorian anxiety? South Floridians find ways to cope with stress," 30 Aug. 2019 The sheet mask with an A-list following (Gigi Hadid and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans), SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($23.35; amazon.com) isn't cheap, but might be worth the splurge. Nikhita Mahtani, CNN Underscored, "10 top-rated sheet masks you can buy on Amazon right now," 11 Sep. 2019 In my kitchen, the Vitamix is one splurge that’s paid dividends. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best splurge item for Amazon Prime Day: the Vitamix blender," 15 July 2019 Additionally, Bellotte isn't afraid to mix affordable jewels with big splurges. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Fashion Influencers Get Dressed Part 2," 1 July 2019 Some specialize in denim, others lingerie; there are ones with super affordable pieces and others whose designs are reserved for special splurges. Glamour, "All the Fashion Brands That Have Introduced Plus Sizes in 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 The Brewers opted for a one-year splurge on catcher Yasmani Grandal, and the move has paid off: Grandal is an All-Star with 19 home runs and a 126 OPS-plus. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB's moving week: Four pivotal matchups you need to be watching," 15 July 2019 Hotels learned that the right star could attract ordinary types from all over, who would bring their families for a holiday splurge. The Economist, "When the King saved Vegas," 11 July 2019 Go car-free to the ocean at Old Orchard Beach, spend a couple of days sightseeing and dining in Portland, or splurge on an outlet shopping spree in Freeport. David Lyon, BostonGlobe.com, "Five things to do around New England this summer with little to no planning," 29 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Chefs tend the flames and the skewers behind a glassed-in grill; this is a fine place to splurge on pricier cuts of meat such as rack of lamb kebab. Los Angeles Times, "Two food writers eat at all the Persian restaurants in SoCal (OK, 18 of them)," 6 Aug. 2019 Its speed has been striking; the Vision Fund has splurged $70bn in under three years on stakes in Uber, WeWork, Arm and others. The Economist, "SoftBank’s transformation into an investment powerhouse continues," 1 Aug. 2019 Featuring some of the city's most iconic locations such as Union Terminal and Fountain Square, this is a great item to splurge on at $120. Noelle Zielinski, Cincinnati.com, "You're gonna love what you can find on Etsy when you search for 'Cincinnati'," 30 June 2019 The biggest decision is what to do with this cap space — whether to splurge and put it all toward a superstar or to spread it around to a couple of midtier free agents to fill out the team’s stripped roster. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "NBA free agency: The Lakers’ best option might be Kawhi Leonard or another max player," 28 June 2019 Moving forward, Netflix can probably afford to splurge a bit more. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "Why Netflix Wants You—and All of Hollywood—to Know That Everyone’s Watching ‘Murder Mystery’," 21 June 2019 For whites, try a rich, splurge-worthy sauvignon blanc from Sancerre or a racy txakoli from Spain’s Basque country. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This Rhone Valley red is a rare stunner at just $14," 13 Sep. 2019 To be honest, my only regret is not splurging for the full-sized bottle in the first place. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Is the Meghan Markle-Loved Beauty Product Everyone Needs to Try," 12 Sep. 2019 As for Visa, the company has splurged on deal making. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "Visa is in talks to acquire part of Nordic payment firm Nets," 25 July 2019

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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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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