spree

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1804, from Irish spraoi (fun, sport), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse sprækr, sprakr (lively, vigorous, sprightly), from Proto-Germanic *sprakjaz, *sprakją, *spruką (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.

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spree (plural sprees)

  1. A merry frolic; especially, a drinking frolic.
  2. Uninhibited activity.

Usage notes[edit]

Often preceded by the name of a certain activity to indicate a period of doing that activity whole-heartedly and continuously, e.g. shopping spree.

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