bender vs carouse what difference

what is difference between bender and carouse

English

Etymology

Hypotheses:

  • 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”.
  • In Britain, for about four centuries, a sixpence was known as a bender because its silver content made it easy to bend in the hands. This was commonly done to create ‘love tokens’, many of which survive in collections to this day. The value of a sixpence was also enough to get thoroughly inebriated as taverns would often allow you to drink all day for two pence. This gave rise to the expression ‘going on a bender’.
  • In the United States, Benderville is just outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin. There was a well known resort nearby owned by the Bender family where people from Chicago and other regional cities would vacation. The resort was very popular and people in the nearby cities began to use the term “going on a bender” to refer a weekend of fun and drinking at the resort.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɛndə/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɛndɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛndə(ɹ)

Noun

bender (plural benders)

  1. One who, or that which, bends.
  2. A device to aid bending of pipes to a specific angle.
  3. (slang) A bout of heavy drinking.
    Synonyms: batter, binge
    He’s been out on a bender with his mates.
    • 1857, Newspaper, April:
      A couple of students of Williams College went over to North Adams on a bender. This would have been serious matter under the best of circumstances, but each returned with a “brick in his hat,” etc.
  4. (chiefly Britain, slang, derogatory) A homosexual man.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 6,
      “So they’re easy about having a bender in the house, are they, their lordships?”
  5. A simple shelter, made using flexible branches or withies
  6. (Britain, slang) A suspended sentence.
    • 2015, Olly Jarvis, Death by Dangerous (page 81)
      ‘Oh and Gary, what happened in Ahmed?’ ‘Not guilty, sir.’ ‘Oh no! And Tredwell?’ ‘Bender.’ ‘Suspended sentence? So both walked. []
    • 2019, Howard Williamson, Youth and Policy: Contexts and Consequences
      He anticipated a prison sentence though he thought there was a slight possibility of ‘getting off on a bender’ (suspended sentence).
  7. (obsolete, Britain, slang) A sixpence.
  8. (obsolete, slang, US) A spree, a frolic.
  9. (obsolete, slang, US) Something exceptional.

Usage notes

In sense “bout of heavy drinking”, usually in form “on a bender”.

Synonyms

  • (bout of heavy drinking): binge, spree, toot
  • (homosexual man): See Thesaurus:male homosexual
  • (shelter): bender tent

Derived terms

  • conduit bender
  • gender bender
  • pipe bender

Translations

Interjection

bender

  1. (obsolete, British slang) Used to express disbelief or doubt at what one has just heard. [early 19th c.]
  2. (obsolete, British slang) Used to indicate that the previous phrase was meant sarcastically or ironically. [early 19th c.]

Synonyms

  • (disbelief): See Thesaurus:bullshit
  • (sarcasm): I don’t think, not

References

  • Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang, p. 96
  • Eric Partridge, A Dictionary of the Underworld, London, Macmillan Co., 1949

Anagrams

  • Berden, berend, rebend

Aragonese

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Verb

bender

  1. (transitive) to sell

References

  • Bal Palazios, Santiago (2002), “bender”, in Dizionario breu de a luenga aragonesa, Zaragoza, →ISBN


English

Etymology

From Middle French carousser (to quaff, drink, swill), from German gar aus (literally quite out), from gar austrinken (to drink up entirely, guzzle). Compare German Garaus.

Pronunciation

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /kəˈɹaʊz/
  • Rhymes: -aʊz

Verb

carouse (third-person singular simple present carouses, present participle carousing, simple past and past participle caroused)

  1. (intransitive) To engage in a noisy or drunken social gathering. [from 1550s]
  2. (intransitive) To drink to excess.

Derived terms

  • carousal
  • carrousel

Translations

Noun

carouse (plural carouses)

  1. A large draught of liquor.
    • 1600, William Kempe, Kemps nine daies vvonder, page 4–5:
      [] therefore forward I went with my hey-de-gaies to Ilford, where I againe reſted, and was by the people of the towne and countrey there-about very very wel welcomed, being offred carowſes in the great ſpoon, one whole draught being able at that time to haue drawne my little wit drye; []
    • 1612, John Davies, Discoverie of the True Causes why Ireland was never entirely subdued
  2. A drinking match; a carousal.
    • 1835, Richard Gooch, Oxford and Cambridge Nuts to Crack (page 25)
      PORSON [] would not only frequently “steal a few hours from the night,” but see out both lights and liquids, and seem none the worse for the carouse.

References

Anagrams

  • acerous

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