- a lively frolic or outing.
- a bout or spell of drinking to intoxication; binge; carousal.
- a period, spell, or bout of indulgence, as of a particular wish, craving, or whim: an eating spree; a spending spree.
- a period or outburst of extreme activity: the team’s scoring spree; no motive for his killing spree.
Origin of spree
- a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 miles (354 km) long.
Examples from the Web for spree
Merah's spree took place a month before France's 2012 presidential election.First Anti-Semitic Attack Since World War II Rocks Brussels
May 25, 2014
Spree, from Tennessee, lives in an intentional community – an alternative lifestyle society.Christian Hendricks Goes South To Capture Queer Culture
September 30, 2013
A disturbed soldier, and not al Qaeda, seemed the most likely explanation for a spree killing on a military base.The Army Life, Mundane and Hideously Violent, by Turns
Brian Van Reet
August 29, 2013
The spree comes as the debate around gun control rages with a political intensity not seen in recent years.Annie, Get Your Gun! School Shooting Sparks Run on Firearms Sales
December 20, 2012
We are not talking about an end to spree killing, only about a (perhaps) very slight reduction in its deadliness.There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre
December 17, 2012
It was a spree I had had with the harbor, from the time I was seven until I was ten.
I thought of the years I had spent with Sam—and Sue, too, seemed to me to be having a spree.
He was having a spree with the harbor, as I had had when as small as he.
The company consisted of half-a-dozen Irish harvesters “on the spree.”Adventures and Recollections
Bill o'th' Hoylus End
This was evidently going to be a spree on a most superb scale.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- a session of considerable overindulgence, esp in drinking, squandering money, etc
- a romp
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.