An example of a spree is someone winning ten minutes of free shopping in a grocery store.
- a lively, noisy frolic
- a period of drunkenness
- a period of uninhibited activity: a shopping spree
Origin of spreelate 18th-c. slang, for earlier spray from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- A sudden indulgence in or outburst of an activity: a shopping spree; a crime spree.
- A carefree, lively outing.
Origin of spreePerhaps alteration of Scots spreath, spreagh cattle stolen in a raid, cattle raid from Scottish Gaelic sprèidh cattle from Middle Irish ultimately from Latin praeda, booty ; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
- A merry frolic; especially, a drinking frolic.
- Uninhibited activity.
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.
1804, from Irish spraoi (“fun, sport"), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse sprÃ¦kr, sprakr (“lively, vigorous, sprightly"), from Proto-Germanic *sprakjaz, *sprakjÄ…, *sprukÄ… (“branch, sprout, splinter"), from Proto-Indo-European *(a)sp(h)arag-, *(a)sprÄg- (“sprout"). Cognate with Icelandic sprÃ¦kr (“sprightly"), Norwegian sprÃ¦k (“cheerful, lively"), Swedish dialectal sprygg (“active, brisk"). More at spry.