\ ˈsprē \

Definition of spree 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an unrestrained indulgence in or outburst of an activity a buying spree also : a drunken revel : binge


geographical name
\ ˈshprā , ˈsprā \

Definition of Spree (Entry 2 of 2)

river 247 miles (397 kilometers) long in eastern Germany flowing north into the Havel River

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Synonyms for spree

Synonyms: Noun

binge, fling, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, revel, rollick, romp

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Examples of spree in a Sentence


They went on a killing spree. went on a spending spree

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Prosecutors said the robbery spree began Jan. 2 when a man later identified as Dupape entered a Chase Bank in Seal Beach and waited in line before pulling out a folding knife and demanding money from a teller. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Fountain Valley man nicknamed the 'bladed bandit' pleads guilty to bank robberies," 26 June 2018 The shooting spree began on May 31, when a prominent forensic psychiatrist was gunned down outside his office, and continued through the following weekend. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Man found with car stolen from home of Fountain Hills couple killed in shooting spree," 21 June 2018 The crime spree began Dec. 22, 2017, when two men shot and killed 16-year-old Timothy Jeter in Oak Park near Santa Cruz Way, police said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Two Sacramento men arrested on suspicion of murder, home invasion, robbery spree," 13 June 2018 The Visalia Ransacker would typically break in when no one was home and take personal mementos, as would the Golden State Killer when the rape spree began two years later and hundreds of miles away. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Georgia cop fired after he ran over fleeing suspect with his car," 3 June 2018 The Visalia Ransacker would typically break in when no one was home and take personal mementos, as would the Golden State Killer when the rape spree began two years later and hundreds of miles away. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The most disturbing parts of the 171-page warrants for the Golden State Killer suspect," 2 June 2018 According to Chicago police, the crime spree began when Moore shot and wounded his brother at their home on West Adams Street. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago man charged for rash of carjackings, faces potential life in prison," 25 May 2018 Oh my God' The killing spree, involving Guzman, began Dec. 2, 1984, when Guzman helped murder four Americans who made the mistake of knocking on the door of a drug lord, Godoy said. Jason Whitely And Mark Smith, star-telegram, "Did 'El Chapo' kill a Fort Worth student in 1985? This retired Mexican officer says yes | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 30 Apr. 2018 The spree began in February 1972, when Yvonne Weber and Maureen Sterling, both 13, were thumbing rides on Guerneville Road. Katie Dowd, San Francisco Chronicle, "10 Bay Area cold cases that remain unsolved," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spree


1804, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spree


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of spree

: a short period of time when you do a lot of something


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Kids Definition of spree

: an outburst of an activity They went on a buying spree.

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