buyer's remorse

[ bahy-erz ri-mawrs ]

  1. a sense of regret or uneasiness after having purchased a house, car, or other major item, especially when the acquisition involves an ongoing financial burden: We love our vacation property, but it took two years to get over our buyer’s remorse.

  2. a sense of regret after having committed to an endorsement, policy, plan of action, etc.: Congressional leaders expressed buyer’s remorse after overriding the president’s veto.

Origin of buyer's remorse

First recorded in 1965–70
  • Also buy·er re·morse [bahy-er ri-mawrs] /ˈbaɪ ər rɪˈmɔrs/ .

Words Nearby buyer's remorse Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023