[ spree ]
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  1. a lively frolic or outing.

  2. a bout or spell of drinking to intoxication; binge; carousal.

  1. a period, spell, or bout of indulgence, as of a particular wish, craving, or whim: an eating spree; a spending spree.

  2. 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

Other definitions for Spree (2 of 2)

[ shprey ]

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

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How to use spree in a sentence

  • But Danny was of late becoming foolishly obstinate in his sprees, and less disposed to "git" when a landlord had done with him.

    Over the Sliprails | Henry Lawson
  • That gray cold sea's old sprees, begunWhen men lay dark i' the ark, no spark, All water—just God's fun!

  • "But if he goes on sprees, he may be on the verge of one that's gathering violence from its postponement," Matt suggested.

    The Quality of Mercy | W. D. Howells
  • When sailors talked of good times, they were memories of shore jaunts and sprees.

    The Viking Blood | Frederick William Wallace
  • Orgies of pleasure-seeking, varying from saturnalia to mild sprees, result.

British Dictionary definitions for spree


/ (spriː) /

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

  2. a romp

Origin of spree

C19: perhaps changed from Scottish spreath plundered cattle, ultimately from Latin praeda booty

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