\ 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 Avid readers who want all of the best features will appreciate the ergonomic design and page-turn buttons on the splurge-worthy Oasis. Travel + Leisure, 20 Dec. 2021 For lifelong Star Wars fans who can afford it, the Galactic Starcruiser is worth the splurge because the chance to become part of Star Wars story is priceless. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 1 Dec. 2021 But a sale like this can make a trip that feels possibly out of reach more like a doable splurge. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 26 Oct. 2021 While many would-be jet-setters are sticking closer to home this year, these spots are worth bookmarking for a look at their stunning holiday decorations, a spur of the moment escape or a future Christmas splurge. Marnie Hunter, CNN, 10 Dec. 2021 On offense, New England boasts a deep stable of backs who can take the pressure off Jones, while the Patriots' offseason splurge on receiving weapons is paying dividends. Nicholas Mcgee, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 For most travelers, a safari is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, an epic splurge underscored by ultra-luxurious lodging, sublime food, sundowners, and guided wildlife viewing from the comfort of an oversized 4x4. Paul Rubio, Travel + Leisure, 28 Nov. 2021 Its classic cream stick formula is the hands down best concealer on the market, and well worth the splurge. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021 What looks like pricey paneling on the guest bedroom walls is actually more of a save than a splurge. Sarah Wolf Halverson And Jenni Yolo, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Many customers saved money during Covid lockdowns and could afford to splurge on artisanal cheese. New York Times, 22 Dec. 2021 In the retail industry, stores often rack up the majority of their sales during the holiday shopping season as customers splurge on gifts and big-ticket items. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 21 Dec. 2021 And if my word isn't enough to convince you to splurge before your next trip in 2022, Oprah's might just be. Braelyn Wood, Travel + Leisure, 20 Dec. 2021 The houses all credited the market’s turnaround in part to the arrival of millennial collectors who showed up during the pandemic eager to splurge. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 20 Dec. 2021 An Hermès blanket, because when else will someone splurge like that on you. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 5 Dec. 2021 From private fireworks cruises to temporary nannies, families can splurge depending on their case. Eve Chen, USA TODAY, 15 Dec. 2021 Homeowners often splurge on building a home unlike any other both inside and out, but their personal tastes don’t always align with a potential buyer’s. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 15 Dec. 2021 Finally, why not splurge on a new set of floor mats? cleveland, 27 Nov. 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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16 Jan 2022

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“Splurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splurge. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of splurge

: 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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