wast·​er | \ˈwā-stər \

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.

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The wasters ignored her on her way out, all of them still standing patiently in line. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Dining out No list of top money wasters would be complete without dining out. The Motley Fool, "Boost your income: 27 things you're probably wasting your money on right now," 4 May 2018 Leaky toilet tanks are also huge water wasters; a faulty flush mechanism in the tank allows water to slowly and silently leak into the bowl. Joesph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "8 Easy Ways to Save Water This Summer," 30 July 2012 When asked what the greatest need is, Fleming said because of the scale of the disaster, monetary donations are needed the most as rehabilitation will continue long after the flood waster has receded. Allison Sampite-montecalvo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Salvation Army sends local relief to Harvey victims," 4 Sep. 2017 The dominant narrative of the last decades has been that social housing is full of wasters and scroungers who can’t get on the housing ladder. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Grenfell fire casts harsh light on London's dwindling low-income housing," 18 Aug. 2017 The lack of clarity is a huge time waster for everyone and can be a productivity killer. Liz Bentley, Marie Claire, "What Do I Do If I'm So Overwhelmed with Work I Can't See Straight?," 12 July 2017 The six-month battle over health care has been a time waster and a tone setter. Dan Balz, chicagotribune.com, "Republican Party at war with itself hits the wall on health care," 18 July 2017 The six-month battle over health care has been a time waster and a tone setter. Dan Balz, Washington Post, "A Republican Party at war with itself hits the wall on health care," 18 July 2017

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First Known Use of waster

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

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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

: a person who never succeeds : a person who is not successful, attractive, etc.

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