\ 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


You should let yourself splurge once in a while.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the real gem of the conversation is his ultimate splurge. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This is The One Thing in Your Home Bobby Berk Thinks You Should Splurge On," 5 Apr. 2019 The splurge wasn't just for the sake of a custom gown, but would benefit a laudable cause. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Carolina Herrera Gives Washington Some Real Fashion for a Change," 3 May 2019 High: $4,800 a day Accidental splurges are a bona fide hazard in high-cost Zurich. Plot your stay carefully by taking in the rarefied sites that tourists seldom see. Adam H. Graham, WSJ, "Two Infallible Itineraries to Zurich—for $4,800 or $370 a day," 16 Apr. 2019 My skin has been looking particularly rough post–fashion month, so my dream beauty splurge would be a trip to Seoul to have my Korean derm sort me out. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Decadent Beauty Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Return, According to Vogue Editors," 10 Apr. 2019 Here, 10 Vogue editor–approved beauty treatments, spa sprees, and next-gen products well worth the splurge. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "10 Decadent Beauty Splurges Worthy of Your Tax Return, According to Vogue Editors," 10 Apr. 2019 Through August 18, summer rates start at $340; 50% lower than winter rates. Worth the splurge, a top tier Deluxe Beachfront Junior Suite goes for $536 per night during the summer for a 7-night stay, compared to $929 during high-season. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Summer's on sale at luxurious Caribbean resorts," 15 May 2018 The firm, which acted as general contractor, was a big splurge, adding $137,000 to the budget. J.s. Marcus, WSJ, "Living Large in a Scandinavian Suburb," 3 Oct. 2018 This year, Nordstrom has marked down more than 450 beauty products for its annual Anniversary Sale, and while there are splurges aplenty (there's still a Crème de la Mer going for $1,095), there are some really great saves, too. Samantha Sasso, refinery29.com, "We Found The Cheapest Beauty Deals At Nordstrom So You Didn't Have To," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Some stock tank swimming pool owners add surrounding rock tiles to provide makeshift flooring, while others splurge on premium wooden decks and siding. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Stock Tank Pools Will Be More Popular Than Ever This Summer," 9 May 2019 Grab a slice for $1.99 or splurge on a whole pie for just $9.95. 2. Alex Aronson, Redbook, "The 14 Best Costco Food Court Menu Items, Ranked," 4 Apr. 2019 Calculating the economic impact of sporting trophies is hard, but there can be little doubt that a victory could be worth more in terms of positive publicity for Croatia than years of splurging on global PR campaigns. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 Growth projections take into account millennial consumer trends of splurging on travel and experiences, which require travel accessories. Fortune, "Rimowa and Virgil Abloh Are Creating Completely See-Through Luggage," 5 June 2018 This turn inward, away from public life to private, was due in part to the economic boom presided over by Ronald Reagan — people finally had the money to splurge on radicchio flown in from Italy and crème fraîche from France. New York Times, "How the Kiwi Changed New York’s Food Scene," 16 Apr. 2018 Here, our pick of the best steals and splurge-worthy trips out there. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Tax Return Day 2018: 7 Trips to Spend Your Refund On," 17 Apr. 2018 For the more tech-savvy (and for those willing to splurge), Toy Insider Mom can't get enough of the Sky Viper HD Video Drone and the Ground Force Drifter. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "The Best Toys and Gadgets for Keeping Kids Active," 2 Dec. 2015 This Best of Beauty-winning gem from Briogeo is one of our favorite hair splurges for a reason. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The 11 Best Scrubs and Treatments for Dry, Itchy Scalps," 12 Oct. 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

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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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