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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Het give me a five-dollar William to defray expenses at the hotel, an' I sorter like the idea o' makin' a splurge for a change.

    Dixie Hart Will N. Harben
  • I could see Schultz think, and revive, and splurge with his bets again.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • And again, my dear Aurelia, I am afraid you are going to make a splurge.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • The Caledonias have tried to make quite a splurge this year.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • Agnes would, as she frankly said, have been glad to make a splurge.

    The Corner House Girls Grace Brooks Hill
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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