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[ben-der] /ˈbɛn dər/
a person or thing that bends, as a pair of pliers or a powered machine.
Slang. a drinking spree.
Baseball Slang. curve (def 6a).
Origin of bender
1200-50; Middle English (in surnames); see bend1, -er1 Unabridged
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  • And then as his glare didn't fade: "bender makes my life a burden—for the love of my precious Lawrence."

    The Outcry Henry James
  • When he took me so unexpectedly from bender, I wanted to see what he was going to do with me.

    Penny of Top Hill Trail Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • Twelve soldiers, armed with bender pistols, stepped from it and surrounded the three men.

    The Defenders Philip K. Dick
  • And Mr. bender, to do him justice, isn't a particularly pushing dealer?

    The Outcry Henry James
  • Breakfast in the bender household was just as pleasant and cheerful and unhurried as supper had been.

    Betty Gordon at Bramble Farm Alice B. Emerson
British Dictionary definitions for bender


(informal) a drinking bout
(Brit, taboo, slang) a male homosexual
(informal) a makeshift shelter constructed by placing tarpaulin or plastic sheeting over bent saplings or woven branches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for bender

late 15c., "instrument for bending," agent noun from bend (v.). Slang meaning "drinking bout" is American English, attested from 1846, perhaps from the Scottish sense of "a hard drinker" (1728).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bender



  1. A spree, esp a drinking spree; bat, binge: That three-day bender left Jim hurting all over/ a carrot-juice bender (1840s+)
  2. A stolen car

Related Terms

ear-bender, elbow-bender, fender-bender, mind-blower, pretzel-bender

[Underworld 1940s+; first sense fr hell-bender, ''alligator,'' of obscure origin, which came to mean ''anything spectacular and superior'' and was applied to a great spree in the mid-19th century]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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