waster

noun
wast·​er | \ ˈwā-stər How to pronounce waster (audio) \

Definition of waster

1a(1) : one that spends or consumes extravagantly and without thought for the future
(2) : a dissolute person
b : one that uses wastefully or causes or permits waste a procedure that is a waster of time
c : one that lays waste : destroyer
2 : an imperfect or inferior manufactured article or object

Examples of waster in a Sentence

He has been called a waster of taxpayers' money. He thinks every meeting is a big time waster.
Recent Examples on the Web Or will this become a passing fad and be seen as a time-waster? Blair Currie, Forbes, 2 May 2022 There are about two dozen other similar phosphate waster reservoirs in Florida, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Curt Anderson, Star Tribune, 13 Apr. 2021 One money-waster is a lack of governance over cloud infrastructure. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Petersen had been invited by Poshmark to share her photography tips at the 2018 Poshfest, but according to Couloute, that was a time-waster. Alden Wicker, Wired, 10 Dec. 2020 Recruiting coordinator Phil Vigil noted that being forced to do virtual official visits one at a time was a huge time-waster, when normal official visits can usually be grouped. Sam Blum, Dallas News, 22 Oct. 2020 And then there was Snake II, an elite tier time-waster of a game that reliably gave you something to stare at on your phone nearly a decade before the iOS App Store debuted. Brian Barrett, Wired, 1 Sep. 2020 It’s bigger than losing access to classic time-wasters like Desktop Tower Defense and Line Rider. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 6 Feb. 2020 The results run the gamut from 100-hour epics to mindless mobile phone time-wasters, and everything in between. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 26 Dec. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of waster

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

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Last Updated

13 May 2022

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“Waster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waster. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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