Splurge vs Profligate - What's the difference?

splurge | profligate |

As verbs the difference between splurge and profligate

is that splurge is to gush, to flow or move in a rush while profligate is (obsolete) to drive away; to overcome.

As nouns the difference between splurge and profligate

is that splurge is an extravagant or ostentatious display while profligate is an abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.

As an adjective profligate is

(obsolete) overthrown, ruined.




  • To gush, to flow or move in a rush.
  • The tomato sauce was splurged all over the chips.
  • * 1884 , , Norwich, 1659-1859,
  • But the steamboats come in their time ; and I am sure that I address a large crowd of sympathizing auditors, now that I come to speak of the magnificent old "Fanny," spluttering and paddling, and splurging up to the little wharf under the lea of Peppers Hill, where the pine wood lay piled in fabulous quantities.
  • * 1913 , , Chapter XXXVIII,
  • She waited a moment, quivering with the expectation of her husband's answer; then, as none came except the silent darkening of his face, she walked to the door and turned round to fling back: "Of course you can do what you like with your own house, and make any arrangements that suit your family, without consulting me; but you needn't think I'm ever going back to live in that stuffy little hole, with Hubert and his wife splurging round on top of our heads!"
  • * 1930 , ,
  • "And boy," he splurged , "we are filming a peach, a pip and a wow! Is it a knockout? Oh, baby! A prize-fight picture entitled 'The Honor of the Champion,' starring Reginald Van Veer, with Honey Precious for the herowine. Boy, will it pack the theayters!"
  • They decided to splurge on the biggest banana split for dessert.
  • * 1912 , , The House of Pride .
  • I could see Schultz think, and revive, and splurge with his bets again.


    (en noun)
  • An extravagant or ostentatious display.
  • An extravagant indulgence; a spending spree.
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    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Overthrown, ruined.
  • * Hudibras
  • The foe is profligate , and run.
  • Inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly.
  • * 2013 , Ben Smith, "[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/24503988]", BBC Sport , 19 October 2013:
  • Jay Rodriguez headed over and Dani Osvaldo might have done better with only David De Gea to beat and, as Southampton bordered on the profligate , United were far more ruthless.
  • Immoral; abandoned to vice.
  • * Roscommon
  • a race more profligate than we
  • * Dryden
  • Made prostitute and profligate muse.


    * (inclined to waste resources or behave extravagantly) extravagant, wasteful, prodigal * immoral, licentious * See also

    Derived terms

    * profligateness


    (en noun)
  • An abandoned person; one openly and shamelessly vicious; a dissolute person.
  • An overly wasteful or extravagant individual.
  • Synonyms

    * (overly wasteful or extravagant individual) wastrel * See also and


  • (obsolete) To drive away; to overcome.
  • * 1840 , Alexander Walker, Woman Physiologically Considered as to Mind, Morals, Marriage, Matrimonial Slavery, Infidelity and Divorce , page 157:
  • Such a stipulation would remove one powerful temptation to profligate pennyless seducers, of whom there are too many prowling in the higher circles ;


    * overcome