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

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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 The results run the gamut from 100-hour epics to mindless mobile phone time-wasters, and everything in between. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The 2010s were full of video games we’ll gladly revisit for decades to come," 26 Dec. 2019 Here, the editors of Popular Mechanics wax poetic on our all-time favorite websites—the ones that shaped our internet habits, perhaps changed our lives, or simply served as excellent time-wasters. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Sites That Mean the Most to Us," 1 Nov. 2019 One big time-waster many of us don't take stock of is typing, especially considering there are auto-fill shortcuts out there that can quickly fix typos, complete words and phrases, and auto-fill forms. NBC News, "This Apple bundle gets you 13 premium apps for $42," 3 Dec. 2019 Addicting Games was my go-to time waster; the simplicity and fleeting nature of flash gaming was something only truly appreciated by the adolescent me. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Sites That Mean the Most to Us," 1 Nov. 2019 For just five bucks a month, a subscription to the service will give you access to nearly a hundred games, bringing everything from small time-wasters to indie-game darlings to all of your Apple devices. Wired, "Apple Arcade Makes You Ask, What Is a Videogame Worth?," 21 Sep. 2019 Anne-Marie Bonneau, another big-time zero-waster who goes by @zerowastechef on social media, is beloved in the movement for her practical approach. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Is It Possible to Live Trash-Free?," 30 July 2019 Hotels, with their breakfast spreads and many catered events, are notorious wasters, so WWF investigated ways to green up the buffet line without sacrificing elegance. National Geographic, "Most people waste more food than they think—here's how to fix it," 24 Apr. 2019 Texting topped the list of non-work time wasters on the phone, followed by checking the weather, reading the news, playing games, and shopping. Amy Capetta, Redbook, "7 Signs You're Addicted to Your Phone," 13 June 2017

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First Known Use of waster

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

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15 Jan 2020

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“Waster.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waster. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of waster

: someone or something that uses too much of something or that uses something in a way that is not necessary or effective
British, informal : a person who never succeeds : a person who is not successful, attractive, etc.

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