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[splurj] /splɜrdʒ/
verb (used without object), splurged, splurging.
to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure, especially a costly one:
They splurged on a trip to Europe.
to show off.
verb (used with object), splurged, splurging.
to spend (money) lavishly or ostentatiously:
He splurged thousands on the party.
an ostentatious display, especially an extravagantly expensive one.
Origin of splurge
1820-30, Americanism; perhaps blend of splash and surge
Related forms
splurgily, adverb
splurgy, adjective
4. indulgence, spree. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for splurge
  • splurge and indulge yourself in any way that occurs to you, if you can.
  • Some firms, having prospered, find they can afford to splurge on greenery.
  • Some companies will try to charge you more, reasoning that you'll want to splurge on this special getaway.
  • Fontina is fine here, but if you can splurge on truffled cheese, you won't regret it.
  • So cheap you can splurge on some morels for that mushroom soup.
  • Miners have so much cash that they are sure to splurge on further acquisitions.
  • Still, after you've saved so much money on the camera, you can afford to splurge a little.
  • People with high credit-card and mortgage bills are less likely to go on a spending splurge.
  • splurge a little in the book shop on one of the many books they carry telling you more about the criminals who spent time there.
  • splurge on a room with wood-burning fireplace, and bring a swimsuit for the outdoor pool.
British Dictionary definitions for splurge


an ostentatious display, esp of wealth
a bout of unrestrained extravagance
(often foll by on) to spend (money) unrestrainedly or extravagantly
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for splurge

1828, "ostentatious display," American English, a Western (i.e. Kentucky) word, perhaps a blend of splash and surge. The meaning "extravagant indulgence in spending" is first recorded 1928.


"to make an ostentatious display, to put on a splurge" (in the older sense of the noun), by 1848, from splurge (n.). Thornton's "American Glossary" has an 1848 citation defining splurge (v.) as "to expatiate at large, to appeal to broad and general principles." Meaning "to spend extravagantly" is by 1934. Related: Splurged; splurging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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