Word of the Day: binge

Word of the Day
June 10, 2016
binge (noun, verb)
/bɪndʒ/  sound icon
 
It's not a good idea to binge on junk food too often.
A binge is a period of excessive indulgence when someone eats or drinks a lot. It can also refer to any other activity done excessively. As a verb, binge means 'to consume too much food or drink' or 'to do something in great amounts and excessively.' This is an informal term used both in US and UK English.

 

Example sentences
 
The period from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day is just one long binge in my family; we eat and drink so much we think we're going to burst by the end of it!
I live in the countryside where there aren't many shops, so I visit the city a couple of times a year and go on a real shopping binge.
William has been binging a bit too much lately and now he needs to go on a diet.
Deborah doesn't get much time off work, but when she does she likes to spend it binging on her favorite novels.

 

Multi-word forms
 
binge drinking (noun), binge drink (verb): drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Example: "College students often binge drink; they don't drink during the week, but they get very, very drunk over the weekend." "Health experts are gravely concerned about the rise in binge drinking."
binge-watch (verb): to watch a lot of episodes of a TV show in one sitting. Example: "I don't have much time to watch TV usually, so, when I do have time off, I often binge-watch the whole season of a show over a couple of days."
 
Additional information
 
Binge doesn't need to take an object, but when it does it is used with the preposition on. Example: "I try to eat healthily, but I have a sweet tooth and, every now and then, I binge on chocolate."
 
Did you know?
 
Binge is an informal but widely used term. If you wanted a more formal alternative, you could use the verb overindulge or the noun overindulgence. For eating you could use feast, as a noun or as a verb, or the verb overeat.
 
Origin
 
Binge dates back to the middle of the 19th century. Its precise origins are unclear, but it probably comes from the dialect word binge, from Lincolnshire in the north of England, meaning 'to soak.'
 
 
 
 
 
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