\ˈsplərj \

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

Shop the 35 best fall coats here at every price point, from a timeless (wallet-friendly!) trench to several stylish faux furs worth the splurge. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Shop Fall’s Best Coats at Every Price Point," 25 Sep. 2018 The splurge: The couple spent more than triple their original wedding ring budget. Honeymooning The groom’s parents surprised Ben and Moriah with a mini-moon in Stockton, N.J. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 With the notable exception of pricey Japanese super-mask SK-II, a splurge for aspirational brides, the masks are mainly a Korean phenomenon. Ilise Carter, WSJ, "Do Korean Sheet Masks Actually Improve Your Skin?," 13 June 2018 Fans of the brand — including celebs like Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and Gigi Hadid (who reps their campaigns) — know that this opportunity to score those splurge-worthy styles at guilt-free prices is a deal that can’t be passed up. Kami Phillips, PEOPLE.com, "All the Stuart Weitzman Shoes You Should Shop While They're 50 Percent Off," 31 May 2018 Keep in mind that at nearly 1,500 calories in a large, this sugary splurge is best kept as an occasional reward for your sweet tooth. 16. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "Bicentennial bucket list: 20 essential Illinois drinks," 29 June 2018 Milan have endured a complicated succession of off-field difficulties since the arrival of owner Yonghong Li and the subsequent splurge of big spending transfer activity last summer. SI.com, "AC Milan Could Be Forced to Sell Captain Leonardo Bonucci Amid Club's FFP Woes," 13 July 2018 Surely these were nothing more than splurges by cash-rich internet moguls. Adam Candeub, WSJ, "Will Microsoft’s Embrace Smother GitHub?," 24 June 2018 The splurge-worthy purchase comes with oversized cushions covered in long-lasting Sunbrella® fabric. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "20 Budget Backyard Buys Every Southerner Needs This Summer," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The never-ending parade of products and services pet parents are willing to splurge on are sure to provide growth opportunities for quite a while. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 In response, some opponents have splurged on defensive wings or rim-protecting bigs—impairing their future flexibility in the process. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "LeBron James Defies Logic and the NBA Life Cycle," 28 May 2018 Yet plenty of people don’t want to splurge on a fancy phone every few years. Brian X. Chen, New York Times, "Should You Get a Cheaper Phone? Be Sure to Look Into the Camera," 28 Feb. 2018 Capitalize on credit card rewards Hold says to use those credit cards rewards to pay off a credit card balance rather than splurging on something else. Robert Powell, USA TODAY, "Effective debt management: How to increase savings and get rid of that debt load," 2 May 2018 Courtesy of Le Meurice An argument for splurging on the city's most old-school five-star hotels. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "The Best Way to Do Paris Is the Old Fashioned Way," 3 Apr. 2018 One of the best ways to find your bearings in a new location is to see it from above, but rather than splurging on a £26 ticket to the Shard's observation deck, invest that money in cocktails at the Aqua Shard bar on the building's 31st floor. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Best Time of Year to Visit London Might Surprise You," 25 July 2017 Luxury builders who build their own homes can splurge on the best materials, the latest technology and top-notch craftsmanship. Katy Mclaughlin, WSJ, "What Luxury Home Builders Consider Worth the Splurge," 27 July 2017 True truffles are glorious little buggers that are worth saving up to splurge for. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018

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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

: to spend more money than usual on something for yourself


\ˈsplərj \
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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