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  1. a lively frolic or outing.
  2. a bout or spell of drinking to intoxication; binge; carousal.
  3. a period, spell, or bout of indulgence, as of a particular wish, craving, or whim: an eating spree; a spending spree.
  4. a period or outburst of extreme activity: the team’s scoring spree; no motive for his killing spree.

Origin of spree

First recorded in 1795–1805; origin uncertain


  1. a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 miles (354 km) long.
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Historical Examples of spree

  • It was a spree I had had with the harbor, from the time I was seven until I was ten.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • I thought of the years I had spent with Sam—and Sue, too, seemed to me to be having a spree.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • He was having a spree with the harbor, as I had had when as small as he.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • This was evidently going to be a spree on a most superb scale.

  • The company consisted of half-a-dozen Irish harvesters “on the spree.”

    Adventures and Recollections

    Bill o'th' Hoylus End

British Dictionary definitions for spree


  1. a session of considerable overindulgence, esp in drinking, squandering money, etc
  2. a romp

Word Origin for spree

C19: perhaps changed from Scottish spreath plundered cattle, ultimately from Latin praeda booty
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Word Origin and History for spree

frolic, drinking bout," 1804, slang, perhaps an alteration of French esprit "lively wit" (see esprit). Irish spre seems to be a loan-word from Old Norse sprakr.

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