- 1A spell or sustained period of unrestrained activity of a particular kind: he went on a six-month crime spree a shopping spreeMore example sentences
- Gangsters used to be criminals who took off on crime sprees and lived to be hunted by the law.
- The tabloid wants evidence of who's behind the crime spree.
- We became friends, and went on a shopping spree in Oxford Street.
- 1.1 • dated A spell of unrestrained drinking: crews were seldom going ashore and therefore seldom going on the spreeMore example sentencesSynonymsdrinking bout, debauchScottish • informal skiteNorth American • informal jag, tootNew Zealand • informal boozerooBritish • vulgar slang piss-up
verb (sprees, spreeing, spreed)[no object] • dated Back to top
late 18th century: of unknown origin.