bender

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Etymology[edit]

bend +‎ -er. In sense of “heavy drinking”, originally generally “spree”, from 1846,[1] of uncertain origin – vague contemporary sense of “something extraordinary”, connection to bend (e.g., bending elbow to drink) or perhaps from Scottish sense of “strong drinker”.[1]

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bender (plural benders)

  1. One who, or that which, bends.
  2. A device to aid bending of pipes to a specific angle.
  3. (slang, US) A bout of heavy drinking.
    He's been out on a bender with his mates.
    • 1857, Newspaper, April:[2]
      A couple of students of Williams College went over to North Adams on a bender. This would have been serious matter under the best of circumstances, but each returned with a “brick in his hat,” etc.
  4. (chiefly UK, slang, derogatory) A homosexual man.
  5. a simple shelter, made using flexible branches or withies
  6. (obsolete, UK, slang) A sixpence.
    • 1836 CE, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers 42
      What will you take to be paid out?’ said the butcher. ‘The regular chummage is two–and–six. Will you take three bob?’ ‘And a bender,’ suggested the clerical gentleman. ‘Well, I don’t mind that; it’s only twopence a piece more,’ said Mr. Martin. ‘What do you say, now? We’ll pay you out for three–and–sixpence a week. Come!’
  7. (obsolete, slang, US) A spree, a frolic.
  8. (obsolete, slang, US) Something exceptional.

Usage notes[edit]

In sense “bout of heavy drinking”, usually in form “on a bender”.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 bender” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  2. ^ Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms, Second Edition (1859), p. 29
  • Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang, p. 96

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