\ 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 Bar snacks are less of a splurge and show a more playful side to the restaurant. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2021 For more of a splurge, the hyaluronic acid in Dr. Lara Devgan Scientific Beauty Peptide Eye Cream helps plump fine lines on contact, while peptides work over time. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 13 July 2021 The Pork Shots are a salty splurge — the kind of food your doctor tells you to avoid. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 26 Sep. 2021 All were excellent and, honestly, worth the splurge. Rebecca Rose, Travel + Leisure, 24 Sep. 2021 If tucking into a whole bagel loaded with cream cheese is one of your can't-live-without favorites, enjoy it as an occasional splurge. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Drake’s latest splurge would seem to be his way of celebrating his latest album, Certified Lover Boy, topping the Billboard charts. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 20 Sep. 2021 The Cardinals didn’t allow the visitors to build any momentum, however, with Monath and Belal scoring to start a five-goal splurge in the second half. Glenn Graham, baltimoresun.com, 11 Sep. 2021 The scoring splurge helped SDSU to a 38-14 victory over the Wildcats. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The frame rails and pack carry so much structural load that the engineers felt free to splurge on the dramatic single-piece panoramic glass roof with electrochromatic shading. Dan Neil, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 Elgato, iCUE and streaming hardware integration scares away potential adopters, especially ones who might opt to splurge on 4K instead. Mitch Wallace, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 But on a special night in October, the two decided to splurge. Tricia Despres, PEOPLE.com, 22 Sep. 2021 And higher prices than last year could limit some consumers' holiday purchases and ability to splurge on gifts. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 With the only exceptions to the sale being skin-care sets and gift cards, there's really no excuse not to splurge on top sellers like the powder-to-foam, exfoliating The Rice Polish and the deeply hydrating The Water Cream. Sarah Han, Allure, 16 Sep. 2021 This portion of the year is also a great time to splurge on players who assumed a larger role than initially projected in Week 1. Alex Kay, Forbes, 14 Sep. 2021 While the hotel does have plenty of standard rooms, splurge and upgrade to a suite, which comes in one of three themes: Living, Dining, and Terrace. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 12 Aug. 2021 Give your space a switch-up with one of Burrow’s cute bar carts—or splurge on a bigger-ticket item, like its easy-to-install wall shelves. Talia Abba, Glamour, 6 Sep. 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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“Splurge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/splurge. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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