• (RP) IPA: /ˈbɛndə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈbɛndɚ/

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.
    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, UK, 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. (UK, 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, UK, slang) A sixpence.
    • Q en
  8. (obsolete, slang, US) A spree, a frolic.
  9. (obsolete, slang, US) Something exceptional.
Synonyms Translations
  • Spanish: doblador, dobladora
  • German: Biegevorrichtung, Biegegerät
  • Russian: трубогиб
  • Spanish: dobladora, curvadora
Translations Translations Interjection
  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.]
    O yes, I'll do it — bender!
Proper noun
  1. Surname

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