wast·​er ˈwā-stər How to pronounce waster (audio)
: one that spends or consumes extravagantly and without thought for the future
: a dissolute person
: one that uses wastefully or causes or permits waste
a procedure that is a waster of time
: one that lays waste : destroyer
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of waster was in the 14th century

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“Waster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waster. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


wast·​er ˈwā-stər How to pronounce waster (audio)
: one that uses or uses up carelessly or needlessly
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