a period or bout, usually brief, of excessive indulgence, as in eating, drinking alcoholic beverages, etc.; spree.

verb (used without object), binged, bing·ing or binge·ing.

to have a binge: to binge on junk food.

Origin of binge

First recorded in 1850–55; dial. (Lincolnshire) binge to soak < ?
Related formsbing·er, noun

Synonyms for binge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for binge

orgy, blind, affair, carousal, fling, drunk, toot, bender, jag, bout, compotation

Examples from the Web for binge

Contemporary Examples of binge

Historical Examples of binge

  • When this binge is over … when the rehearsal finishes, you know, how about a bite to eat?

    The Little Warrior

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Goes on a binge, doesn't show up for work, so they fire him.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage....

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • He turned east, northeast, east-by-north, like a compass on a binge.

    One Purple Hope!

    Henry Hasse

  • But, returning to this binge for a moment, I don't see how it matters to you one way or the other.

  • Goes for weeks without touching the stuff, then he goes out on a binge that lasts for a week sometimes.

    Nor Iron Bars a Cage....

    Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for binge


noun informal

a bout of excessive eating or drinking
excessive indulgence in anythinga shopping binge

verb binges, bingeing, binging or binged (intr)

to indulge in a binge (esp of eating or drinking)

Word Origin for binge

C19: probably Lincolnshire dialect binge to soak
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Word Origin and History for binge

1854, "drinking bout," also (v.) "drink heavily, soak up alcohol;" dialectal use of binge "soak" (a wooden vessel). Noted originally as a Northampton dialect word. Sense extended c. World War I to include eating as well as drinking. Related: Binged; binging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with binge


see go on, def. 9.

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