See more synonyms for bender on

Origin of bender

1200–50; Middle English (in surnames); see bend1, -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bender

toot, spree

Examples from the Web for bender

Contemporary Examples of bender

Historical Examples of bender

  • "You'd have said the other thing at Bender," the Colonel answered, turning his head.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • He let two wide ones pass, and fouled when a bender cut a corner.

  • Butters, picking out a bender to his fancy, straightened it for a single.

  • He was compelled to seek safety in Turkey, where he died miserably at Bender.

    The Story of Russia

    R. Van Bergen, M.A.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bender


  1. informal a drinking bout
  2. British taboo, slang a male homosexual
  3. 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 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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