bend + -er. In sense of “heavy drinking”, originally generally “spree”, from 1846, 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”.
- Rhymes: -ɛndə(r)
bender (plural benders)
- One who, or that which, bends.
- A device to aid bending of pipes to a specific angle.
- (slang, US) A bout of heavy drinking.
- He's been out on a bender with his mates.
- (chiefly UK, slang, derogatory) A homosexual man.
- a simple shelter, made using flexible branches or withies
- (obsolete, UK, slang) A sixpence.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers to this entry?)
- (obsolete, slang, US) A spree, a frolic.
- (obsolete, slang, US) Something exceptional.
In sense “bout of heavy drinking”, usually in form “on a bender”.
- “bender” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ Bartlett, Dictionary of Americanisms, Second Edition (1859), p. 29
- Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang, p. 96