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

Examples of spree in a Sentence

went on a spending spree
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spree was in 1804

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“Spree.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spree. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: an outburst of activity
a buying spree

Geographical Definition


geographical name

ˈshprā How to pronounce Spree (audio)
river 247 miles (397 kilometers) long in eastern Germany flowing north into the Havel River

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