1. to go out on a party, to take it easy; ext. to any form of spree, i.e. serial robberies; thus spreer n., one who goes on a spree; spreeing n., going on a spree.
|Ely’s Hawk and Buzzard (N.Y.) 21 June 3/1: He will oblige the one fined, by telling who it was complained, if he does not, of course, I shall believe that he done it himself, and kept the money to spree upon.|
|‘The Swell Coves Alphabet’ in Nobby Songster 29: W. stands for Waterford, of spreeing he’s the king.|
|Dred I 241: ‘Tom it does very well for a young man to have a spree once in one or two months. [...] But,’ says I, ‘Tom, to spree all the time won’t do.’.|
|Yale Literary Mag. XXV 308: Another great shame connected with our social life is that of spreeing or ‘bumming’ [DA].|
|Sheffield Indep. 23 Dec. 15/1: Such a spell of spreeing[...] had seldom been seen.|
|‘’Arry on the River’ in Punch 9 Aug. 57/1: ’Ow on earth can yer spree without shindy?|
|World (N.Y.) 15 Apr. 6/1: Various stories have gone out that Tom Ramsey is bent on ‘spreeing’ worse than ever this season. These are exaggerations, but Kelly undoubtedly has his hands full to keep the ‘great and only’ in form.|
|Princeton Stories 11: This is my room and, dash it all, I loaned it to the dash freshmen spreers and not to the whole dash college.|
|Hand-made Fables 145: A Guinea Pig spreeing for days at a time on Carbonic Acid Gas became listless, inattentive and of practically no value to Society.|
|Brown Girl, Brownstones (1960) 31: Yes, they gon be spreeing tonight.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 103: Graham stayed mobile. His spree turf stretched wide. [...] He spreed for seven days.‘Grave Doubt’ in|
2. to treat someone else to a party.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 25/1: She forgave him his sins over and over again, till at length he visited and spreed all the people in the Boxhill seat [...] but omitted to pay a husbandly call on his waiting wife.|
one who is enjoying a party or jollification.
|Picking from N.O. Picayune 61: There was a large batch of ‘spreeing coves’ brought up before the Recorder yesterday [...] If not of the swell mob, they seemed to be of the semi-swell mob.|