verb (used without object), splurged, splurg·ing.

to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure, especially a costly one: They splurged on a trip to Europe.
to show off.

verb (used with object), splurged, splurg·ing.

to spend (money) lavishly or ostentatiously: He splurged thousands on the party.


an ostentatious display, especially an extravagantly expensive one.

Origin of splurge

1820–30, Americanism; perhaps blend of splash and surge
Related formssplurg·i·ly, adverbsplurg·y, adjective

Synonyms for splurge

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Historical Examples of splurge

  • I could see Schultz think, and revive, and splurge with his bets again.

  • The Caledonias have tried to make quite a splurge this year.

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    Eugene Wood

  • There was no opportunity for him to splurge about from side to side of the pulpit, as some do.

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    Charles Dudley Warner

  • I may make a splurge for another six months, for it is hard to give up.

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    Owen Johnson

  • And again, my dear Aurelia, I am afraid you are going to make a splurge.

British Dictionary definitions for splurge



an ostentatious display, esp of wealth
a bout of unrestrained extravagance


(often foll by on) to spend (money) unrestrainedly or extravagantly

Word Origin for splurge

C19: of uncertain origin
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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.

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