wastrel

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noun wast·rel \ˈwā-strəl also ˈwä-\

Definition of wastrel

  1. 1 :  vagabond, waif

  2. 2 :  one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently :  profligate

Examples of wastrel in a Sentence

  1. the black sheep of the family, he ended up being a wastrel and a drunkard

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Origin and Etymology of wastrel

irregular from 2waste


WASTREL Defined for English Language Learners

wastrel

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Definition of wastrel for English Language Learners

  • : a person who wastes time, money, etc.


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