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splurge

[splurj] /splɜrdʒ/
verb (used without object), splurged, splurging.
1.
to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure, especially a costly one:
They splurged on a trip to Europe.
2.
to show off.
verb (used with object), splurged, splurging.
3.
to spend (money) lavishly or ostentatiously:
He splurged thousands on the party.
noun
4.
an ostentatious display, especially an extravagantly expensive one.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism; perhaps blend of splash and surge
Related forms
splurgily, adverb
splurgy, adjective
Synonyms
4. indulgence, spree.
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British Dictionary definitions for splurges

splurge

/splɜːdʒ/
noun
1.
an ostentatious display, esp of wealth
2.
a bout of unrestrained extravagance
verb
3.
(often foll by on) to spend (money) unrestrainedly or extravagantly
Word Origin
C19: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for splurges

splurge

n.

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.

v.

"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.

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