- to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure, especially a costly one: They splurged on a trip to Europe.
- to show off.
- to spend (money) lavishly or ostentatiously: He splurged thousands on the party.
- an ostentatious display, especially an extravagantly expensive one.
Origin of splurge
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Examples from the Web for splurge
Someone closer to their maintenance weight may be able to splurge more often than someone just starting a diet.When Is It OK to Cheat? The Pros and Cons of Cheat Days
July 14, 2014
Many of them can splurge regularly on things that traditional families sometimes cannot, such as theater tickets.The American Dream Is Dead, and Good Riddance
July 7, 2014
The Founding Father had good reason to splurge after many Christmases that were lean on cheer.
Always a wealthy man, Washington was known to splurge on diversions for his family and guests.
Mothers-to-be covet it like a Birkin bag, and celebrity moms are known to splurge on it.How Different Is Raising the Royal Baby From a Typical American Child?
Kevin Fallon, Lizzie Crocker
July 23, 2013
I could see Schultz think, and revive, and splurge with his bets again.The House of Pride
The Caledonias have tried to make quite a splurge this year.Back Home
There was no opportunity for him to splurge about from side to side of the pulpit, as some do.Backlog Studies
Charles Dudley Warner
I may make a splurge for another six months, for it is hard to give up.Max Fargus
And again, my dear Aurelia, I am afraid you are going to make a splurge.Letters of Peregrine Pickle
George P. Upton
- an ostentatious display, esp of wealth
- a bout of unrestrained extravagance
- (often foll by on) to spend (money) unrestrainedly or extravagantly
Word Origin and History for splurge
1828, "ostentatious display," American English, a Western (i.e. Kentucky) word, perhaps a blend of splash and surge. The meaning "extravagant indulgence in spending" is first recorded 1928.
"to make an ostentatious display, to put on a splurge" (in the older sense of the noun), by 1848, from splurge (n.). Thornton's "American Glossary" has an 1848 citation defining splurge (v.) as "to expatiate at large, to appeal to broad and general principles." Meaning "to spend extravagantly" is by 1934. Related: Splurged; splurging.