- a person who wastes; esp., a spendthrift
Origin of wastreldiminutive of waster
- One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; a profligate.
- An idler or a loafer.
Origin of wastrelwast(e) + -rel (as in scoundrel).
- (dated) One who is profligate, who wastes time or resources extravagantly.
1847, waste + -rel (“(pejorative)”).