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 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, "Get Rich Selling Used Fashion Online—or Cry Trying," 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, "Inside the program: Behind-the-scenes look at Stephen F. Austin football as it navigates challenges of 2020," 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, "Here's the Real Reason You Miss the Nokia 3310," 1 Sep. 2020 It’s bigger than losing access to classic time-wasters like Desktop Tower Defense and Line Rider. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "The Race to Save Flash Games from Internet Oblivion," 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, "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

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First Known Use of waster

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

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“Waster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waster. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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