waste·​ful | \ ˈwāst-fəl How to pronounce wasteful (audio) \

Definition of wasteful

: given to or marked by waste : lavish, prodigal

Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \ ˈwāst-​fə-​lē How to pronounce wasteful (audio) \ adverb
wastefulness noun

Examples of wasteful in a Sentence

a wasteful use of natural resources a careless and wasteful person We must eliminate wasteful expenditures.
Recent Examples on the Web Raising taxes to cover unnecessary and wasteful new spending is not a great policy idea on its own, but raising those taxes in a way that does a fair bit of economic damage while failing even to cover the cost of the new spending is worse. Nr Editors, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 The effort was derided at the time for wasteful spending and causing long lines at airports. NBC News, 3 May 2022 The effort was derided at the time for wasteful spending and causing long lines at airports. Brian Witte And Terence Chea, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2022 Broward County is moving too slow in reviewing allegations of wrongdoing, gross mismanagement and wasteful spending, a new audit concludes. Lisa J. Huriash, sun-sentinel.com, 6 Apr. 2022 Some lawmakers, particularly conservatives, say earmarks can lead to wasteful spending. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 16 Mar. 2022 Applying unnecessary elements is wasteful, polluting and risks harming soil life. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2022 While a conventional wash is still the best way to clean the dirtiest rides, a waterless car wash is simpler, cheaper, less wasteful, and more convenient in a pinch. Charles Dryer, Car and Driver, 17 Mar. 2022 Foil is far superior, though more wasteful, than the folk trick of inserting a metal spoon, handle down, in the opening, which has been discredited. New York Times, 30 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wasteful

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Wasteful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasteful. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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waste·​ful | \ ˈwāst-fəl How to pronounce wasteful (audio) \

Kids Definition of wasteful

: spending or using in a careless or foolish way

Other Words from wasteful

wastefully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb
wastefulness noun

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