buyer's remorse

or buy·er re·morse

[ bahy-erz ri-mawrs or bahy-er ri-mawrs ]
/ ˈbaɪ ərz rɪˈmɔrs or ˈbaɪ ər rɪˈmɔrs /


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.
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.

Nearby words

  1. buy-out,
  2. buy-to-let,
  3. buyback,
  4. buyer,
  5. buyer's market,
  6. buyers' inflation,
  7. buyers' market,
  8. buyers' strike,
  9. buying power,
  10. buyoff

Origin of buyer's remorse

First recorded in 1965–70 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019