\ 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

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 For an end-of-the-road splurge, indulge in the restaurant’s nine-course tasting menu, which features Irish delicacies such as spring lamb, rich cheeses, plump cherries, and wild mushrooms. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "Road trip through the Irish countryside’s wild beauty," 12 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And while getting things for cheap is always fun (for you and for your wallet), Prime Day is also a great time to splurge on luxury items that are still price—but are deeply discounted. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 splurge-worthy Prime Day deals that are actually worth the money," 15 July 2019 There’s one item that—while expensive—is being offered at a steep discount making it a top time to splurge: the Vitamix blender. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The best splurge item for Amazon Prime Day: the Vitamix blender," 15 July 2019 And of course, shopping is a great way to splurge at the State Fair. Brian Sodoma, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have a blast at the Wisconsin State Fair on any budget," 14 June 2019 There’s definitely nothing wrong with this, but people should find one or two things to splurge on, such as a daily latte, and then focus on bringing lunch from home or trimming the budget in other ways. MS. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "The Biggest Ways People Waste Money," 14 June 2019 That being said, Father’s Day might just be the perfect occasion to splurge on something that's perfect for a day by the sea. Sophie Kemp, Vogue, "This Father’s Day, Take the Dads in Your Life to the Beach," 6 June 2019 Get ready to splurge on some of your favorite fashions. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Nordstrom Announces Massive Winter Sale," 18 Feb. 2018 The firms have splurged some $92bn of cash in the past five years (as well as additional billions in stock) buying up smaller rival firms (see chart). The Economist, "Calls to rein in the tech titans are getting louder," 16 July 2019 Recently, many jurisdictions splurged on new election systems, some using their portion of $380 million in federal funds provided to states. Washington Post, "Old software makes new electoral systems ripe for hacking," 15 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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