- 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).
1847, waste +â€Ž -rel (â€œ(pejorative)â€).