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wastrel

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noun wast·rel \ˈwās-trəl also ˈwäs-\

Simple Definition of wastrel

  • : a person who wastes time, money, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wastrel

  1. 1 :  vagabond, waif

  2. 2 :  one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently :  profligate

Examples of wastrel in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of wastrel

irregular from 2waste


First Known Use: circa 1841


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