\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, frisk, frolic, gambol, idyll (also idyl), lark, ploy, 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

The conservative movement’s push to remake the courts since the 1970s and 1980s ultimately sprang from the Warren Court’s spree of liberal decisions in the 1950s and 1960s. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Watershed Moment in American History," 10 July 2018 After a spree of high-profile defections, the company has announced the hiring of new executives from the likes of Amazon and Snap. Bloomberg, Fortune, "5 Things to Expect at Tesla's Heated Shareholder Meeting Today," 5 June 2018 Frank Hamer, soon to become famous for ending the long crime spree of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Paula Allen, San Antonio Express-News, "Mystery still surrounds the 1932 deaths of two young sons of a San Antonio millionaire," 31 Mar. 2018 And indeed, Debbie uses what could be a handicap to her advantage in a rollicking shoplifting spree at Bergdorf’s. Lindsey Bahr, kansascity, "‘Ocean’s 8’ cruises through familiar waters with its talented all-star cast," 7 June 2018 Chicago’s wealthy Gold Coast — center of what is presumed to be Emanuel’s political strength — was shot up the other day in a carjacking spree that left two citizens wounded. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Vallas comes out swinging, and Rahm best put on the big boy pants," 2 May 2018 Two teens charged in a robbery spree that included carjacking an elementary school teacher and robbing a man and his 86-year-old mother in Baltimore County last week will be held without bail, a judge ordered Monday. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Teens charged in recent Baltimore County carjackings held without bail," 30 Apr. 2018 In the burglary spree that brought out the police airplane, investigators had noticed the same game plan again and again. OregonLive.com, "Big jump in business break-ins pushes Portland police to fight back," 20 Apr. 2018 Kevin Janson Neal, who killed five people in a shooting spree in northern California last year before being fatally shot by police, was apparently barred from having guns by a judge's order but assembled rifles at home, authorities have said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Florida said to have some of weakest gun laws in nation," 16 Feb. 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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