Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A carefree, lively outing.
  • n. A drinking bout.
  • n. A sudden indulgence in or outburst of an activity. See Synonyms at binge.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A merry frolic; especially, a drinking frolic.
  • n. Uninhibited activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A merry frolic; especially, a drinking frolic; a carousal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To go on a spree; carouse: often with an indefinite it: as, to spree it for a week.
  • Spruce; gay.
  • n. A lively frolic; a prank.
  • n. A bout or season of drinking to intoxication; a fit of drunkenness.
  • n. Synonyms Revel, Debauch, etc. See carousal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a brief indulgence of your impulses
  • v. engage without restraint in an activity and indulge, as when shopping

Etymologies

Perhaps alteration of Scots spreath, cattle raid, from Irish and Scottish Gaelic spréidh, spré, cattle, wealth, from Middle Irish preit, preid, booty, ultimately from Latin praeda.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1804, from Irish spraoi ("fun, sport"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse sprækr, sprakr ("lively, vigorous, sprightly"), from Proto-Germanic *sprakjaz, *sprakjan, *sprukan (“branch, sprout, splinter”), from Proto-Indo-European *(a)sp(h)arag-, *(a)sprāg- (“sprout”). Cognate with Icelandic sprækr ("sprightly"), Norwegian spræk ("cheerful, lively"), Swedish dialectal sprygg ("active, brisk"). More at spry. (Wiktionary)

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  • River in East Germany between the Elbe and Oder rivers. South of Berlin it splits into a multitude of smaller network commonly referred to as the Spreewald, traditional home of the Wendish/Sorbian people.

    December 27, 2008