\ 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

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 The Sterling Brunch has been a beloved Sin City splurge destination for more than 40 years and recently became so popular that a Saturday session was added, doubling your weekend decadence options. Larry Olmsted, USA TODAY, "Great American Bites for Mother's Day brunch," 9 May 2018 If your car/HVAC/ACL/job security isn't in the best shape Wanton spending on big-ticket splurges isn't what sends most people into the spiral of debilitating debt. cleveland.com, "5 great ways to invest your tax refund (NerdWallet)," 27 Apr. 2018 But finishing each day at Blackberry Farm, the best spot in the country for foothills (or Appalachian) cuisine, makes this trip worth the splurge. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Food Adventures We Covet Most," 5 July 2018 Offer it up with a hunk of veggie quiche or a plate of splurge-y donuts. Mallorie Sullivan, Cincinnati.com, "Fourth of July food: Here are 9 last-minute recipes your guests will love," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Of all the things movies and TV shows get fantastical about, one of the worst is shopping sprees and splurging on high-end goods. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "11 Unreal Movie and TV Splurges You Wish You Could Recreate," 14 Mar. 2018 Most people save frequent flyer miles to splurge on a bucket-list trip. Lauren Zumbach, chicagotribune.com, "The new way to use your airline miles: Bears tickets, fancy meals and a walk-on role in a movie," 10 July 2018 The ruling party is itching to splurge cash on pre-ballot handouts and, perhaps, voter intimidation. The Economist, "Zimbabwe’s new president may not be able to fix the economy," 19 May 2018 Locals with a decent job can always splurge on Lyft, Uber or a taxi service, although the first two might institute event pricing for absolutely no reason. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "From parking garages to public transit, here's how to get to Forecastle," 11 July 2018 Millennials are most likely to splurge, with 40% going over budget and by $24,545 on average. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Hot housing market: home buyers are spending more than expected," 3 Apr. 2018 Sure, there are some home goods where splurging gets you a sturdier, better-quality product that will last exponentially longer than a much cheaper version. Jamie Wiebe, House Beautiful, "Five Home Goods To Splurge On (And Five Places To Save)," 5 Nov. 2014 Erin suggests splurging on highlighter, which can be used on your cheeks, nose, and eyes. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid's Makeup Artist Erin Parsons Talks Drugstore Beauty Products," 3 July 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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