1 of 2


: a drunken revel : spree
: an unrestrained and often excessive indulgence
a buying binge
: an act of excessive or compulsive consumption (as of food)
went on an eating binge
binge drinking
: a social gathering : party


2 of 2


binged; bingeing or binging

intransitive verb

: to go on a binge
bingeing on beer and pretzels
binged and purged during her teen years
binger noun

Example Sentences

Noun weekend binges are a serious problem at many colleges and universities a shopping binge at the mall Verb a program designed to educate college students about the dangers of bingeing
Recent Examples on the Web
Netflix’s habit of dropping whole seasons at once turned binge-watching into a commonplace hobby. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 10 Mar. 2023 While the pandemic paused most large-scale parties, binge drinking on college campuses has not gone away, said George Koob, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. John Hilliard,, 6 Mar. 2023 In a world filled with binge viewing, Yellowjackets joined the small handful of shows currently on that delivered weekly mysteries worth talking about. Samantha Highfill,, 2 Mar. 2023 Anyone who is concerned about their alcohol consumption may want to speak to a healthcare provider about taking naltrexone to curb binge drinking. Kaitlin Sullivan, Health, 22 Feb. 2023 An article on Tuesday about a pill that could help treat binge drinking misstated the dosing advice given to participants in the recent study. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2023 While binge drinking has remained a staple of American college culture for years, day drinking in a backyard in 2023 might look very different from the college parties popularized by the 1973 hit film Animal House. Ct Jones, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2023 More positive news was shown in declines of tobacco use and binge drinking. Yereth Rosen, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2023 Though not every series is a hit, there are dozens of ambitious and compelling shows highly worthy of binge-watching. Jihane Bousfiha, Men's Health, 20 Jan. 2023
Roku users can now binge on food ordered through its devices — while binge-watching the latest streaming TV shows. Todd Spangler, Variety, 7 Feb. 2023 For example, binge a TV show while using the treadmill at the gym. Kelyn Soong, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2023 In December, have every person in the family pick a favorite, then either take a weekend to binge them all, or watch one a week leading up to Christmas. Katarina Avendaño, Good Housekeeping, 27 Oct. 2022 The first: a compulsion to be outside—to binge on open space and soothing scenery. Brigid Mander, WSJ, 4 Aug. 2021 Instead, consumers can conveniently and from the comfort of their beds binge their favorite shows and movies to their hearts' content for just a small monthly fee. Rose Celestin, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2021 All episodes of the series will hit Peacock on Nov. 23, just in time to binge over Thanksgiving weekend. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 5 Oct. 2022 American Horror Stories Season 2 is now on Hulu, and much like the first season, the show won’t drop every episode all at once for viewers to binge. Milan Polk, Men's Health, 21 July 2022 This is a fine time to cozy up in front of the telly to binge watch something or other. Ed Silverman, STAT, 6 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

English dialect binge (to drink heavily)

First Known Use


1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of binge was in 1854

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Cite this Entry

“Binge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


: spree
: an act of consuming something (as food) to excess
binge verb

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
: an act of excessive or compulsive consumption especially of food or alcoholic beverages


2 of 2 intransitive verb
binged; bingeing or binging
: to go on a binge
a self-destructive pattern of smoking, starving, and bingeingCarol Tavris
binger noun

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