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: vagabond, waif
: one who expends resources foolishly and self-indulgently : profligate
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fritterer, prodigal, profligate, spender, spendthrift, squanderer, waster
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circa 1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1
irregular from waste entry 2
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: a person who wastes time, money, etc.
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