\ 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 onsplurge 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 Now Chris Frantz, a Snazzy cofounder and marketer by trade, says the service reduces the drudgery of creating an initial splurge of ideas to be honed into a fresh campaign. Tom Simonite, Wired, "Give These Apps Some Notes and They'll Write Emails for You," 18 Oct. 2020 Truly outstanding, often splurge-worthy, wines tend to be overshadowed by overperforming midrange or inexpensive bottles at the same 3-star level. Washington Post, "Truly exceptional wines deserve four stars, so we’re adding one to our rating system," 16 Oct. 2020 This ice maker is a splurge that its reviewers and fellow ice lovers say is 100% worth it. Underscored Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best kitchen appliance deals Prime Day has to offer," 14 Oct. 2020 While Chrissy uses her Barefoot Dreams throw blanket every day (according to Twitter), thousands of Nordstrom shoppers say the cardigan is just as soft and splurge-worthy. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "10 cozy cardigans with thousands of rave reviews," 8 Oct. 2020 In August of 2014, Amazon made a splurge purchase that executives believed would fill out its utopian vision for gaming. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Amazon Wants to ‘Win at Games.’ So Why Hasn’t It?," 7 Oct. 2020 At a hundred bucks, this is a fun splurge that will look great under the tree. Lindsey Hunter Lopez, USA TODAY, "The 27 best gifts and toys for 2-year-olds," 7 Oct. 2020 Industry officials attribute the splurge to concerns about the coronavirus, the election, and fears of riots related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Bang: Most FBI gun checks ever — with three months to go," 5 Oct. 2020 Somehow, a $490 glittery strawberry gown—a splurge during the best of times—had become a phenomenon in what feels like the absolute worst of times, defying both logic and statistics. Adrienne Matei, Glamour, "The ‘Strawberry Dress’ Is a Viral Sensation But It's Also an Unlikely Symbol of Inclusivity," 17 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The retailers has also tapped into a desire among the most affluent, helped by a strong stock market, to splurge. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Saks Fifth Avenue is providing luxury shoppers with ‘comfort food’ during the pandemic," 26 Oct. 2020 Diwali Spending Index is a weighted impact of 10 factors, including household expenses, intent to invest or splurge, and general optimism towards the economy. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Urban Indians aren’t upbeat about shopping this Diwali season," 20 Oct. 2020 Or, has there ever been a more justifiable time to splurge on a pair of cross-country skis? Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "I’m worried about how my partner and I are going to get through a cold, dark winter in the midst of a pandemic," 18 Oct. 2020 Some consumers are eager to splurge despite a dire economic backdrop. Angelina Rascouet, Bloomberg.com, "Louis Vuitton’s Surprise Growth Helps LVMH Weather Pandemic," 15 Oct. 2020 The couple did splurge on the ceiling, which is clad in lodgepole pine. Kim Palmer, Star Tribune, "Accessory dwelling unit in Minneapolis is 'bonus family room' for young family," 2 Oct. 2020 Iacobelli pleaded guilty in January 2018 and was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for tapping a union training fund to splurge on a Ferrari, Montblanc pens and a mortgage. Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg.com, "GM Sues Former UAW Vice President for Alleged Spying," 15 Sep. 2020 Beyond establishing name recognition, there is little evidence that the political ads campaigns splurge on have much effect on voter choice. The Economist, "Following the money Reports that the president’s campaign faces a crisis are exaggerated," 19 Sep. 2020 There are places to splurge and places to save money, but for now, the most important thing is just getting out there. Matthew Every, Field & Stream, "The Best Flyfishing Gear for Beginners," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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30 Oct 2020

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“Splurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splurge. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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