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.

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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 Weekend time-wasters Per usual, there are plenty of free games to go around this weekend. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: New Dune games, Phoenix Wright on PC, and Borderlands 3 rumors," 1 Mar. 2019 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

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

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