Binge-Watch or Binge-Watching – Meaning & Examples

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Candace Osmond

Candace Osmond studied Advanced Writing & Editing Essentials at MHC. She’s been an International and USA TODAY Bestselling Author for over a decade. And she’s worked as an Editor for several mid-sized publications. Candace has a keen eye for content editing and a high degree of expertise in Fiction.

If you’ve ever sat down and watched more than a couple of episodes of your favorite T.V. show, then you’ve binged it. Binge-watch is a term that’s become super popular with the rise of streaming services like Netflix, but what does it really entail? Don’t worry! I’ll explain everything from the binge-watching meaning to showing examples of how to say it in a sentence.

What Does Binge-Watch Mean?

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It’s Friday night, and you subscribe to Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV, etc. You’ve got your snacks on one side, the remote on the other, and the whole night ahead of you to power through that new season of your favorite show. Watching more than two episodes in a row is called binge-watching. You’re binging it.

Why Is It Called Binge-Watching?

So, when you isolate the word binge, it originates from a time in the 1800s when it was used to describe soaking something. So, when you think about it, it makes sense to use it in the context of binge-watching because when you sit down for hours on end to watch a series, you’re “soaking it in.”

Do You Need a Dash for Binge-Watch?

Yes, if you want to be technically correct, use a dash when using the terms binge-watch, binge-watching, binge-watched, etc. The only exception is when talking about the person doing the viewing. You’d then write it as binge watcher.

What Can I Say Instead of Binge-Watching?

There are a few binge-watching synonyms you can use instead.

  • Binge viewing
  • Powering through
  • Binging
  • Watching spree
  • Viewing spree

What Is Binge-Watch in Past Tense?

Easy! If you’re talking about something you previously watched, as in the past, you’d say binge-watched.

What Is Considered Binge-Watching?

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If you or someone else sits down to view more than two episodes of a T.V. show in a row, then that could be considered binging. However, that’s not reserved just for popular Netflix shows. Last Christmas, I relaxed on the couch with my Tolkien-loving father and watched all the Lord of the Rings movies in one day. That’s also binge-watching.

Binge-Watching and Binge-Watch Sentence Examples

  • My favorite thing to do at the end of the night is to sit with my husband and binge-watch our latest show.
  • I can’t believe I binge-watched all Lord of the Rings movies in one day.
  • My son sat down and binge-watched an entire season of Rick & Morty after getting addicted to episode one.
  • Our daughter binge-watches a series of her favorite shows over and over. I don’t understand how she doesn’t get sick of it.
  • Binge-watching the latest shows on my smartphone is the only way to watch things I like around the kids.

However, with the HBO drama becoming virtually unignorable, many are finally going to bite the bullet and binge-watch every episode of “Game of Thrones” ahead of the Season 6 premiere. (The International Business Times)

What Are You Binging?

So, there you have it, folks! Binge-watch, in all its forms, is spelled with a hyphen and is a term you use to describe watching something for long periods of time. So, what are you binging next?