spree

[ spree ]
/ spri /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. spreading zone,
  2. spreadsheet,
  3. spreathed,
  4. sprechgesang,
  5. sprechstimme,
  6. spree killer,
  7. sprekelia,
  8. sprent,
  9. sprier,
  10. spriest

Origin of spree

First recorded in 1795–1805; origin uncertain

Spree

[ shprey ]
/ ʃpreɪ /

noun

a river in E Germany, flowing N through Berlin to the Havel River. 220 miles (354 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for spree

spree

/ (spriː) /

noun

a session of considerable overindulgence, esp in drinking, squandering money, etc
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

spree

n.

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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