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



verb (used without object) Obsolete.

to go.

Origin of bing

First recorded in 1560–70; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for binging



dialect a heap or pile, esp of spoil from a mine

Word Origin for bing

C16: from Old Norse bingr heap



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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 binging



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.



"heap or pile," 1510s, from Old Norse bingr "heap." Also used from early 14c. as a word for bin, perhaps from notion of "place where things are piled."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with binging


see go on, def. 9.

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