[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bender


/ (ˈbɛndə) /


informal a drinking bout
British taboo, slang a male homosexual
informal a makeshift shelter constructed by placing tarpaulin or plastic sheeting over bent saplings or woven branches
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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).

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