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wastrel

noun wast·rel \ˈwās-trəl also ˈwäs-\

: a person who wastes time, money, etc.

Full Definition of WASTREL

1
:  vagabond, waif
2
:  one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently :  profligate
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Examples of WASTREL

  1. <the black sheep of the family, he ended up being a wastrel and a drunkard>

Origin of WASTREL

irregular from 2waste
First Known Use: circa 1841

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