Wastrel definition

wāstrəl
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One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; a profligate.
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An idler or a loafer.
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A person who wastes; esp., a spendthrift.
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(dated) One who is profligate, who wastes time or resources extravagantly.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wastrel
Plural:
wastrels

Origin of wastrel

  • wast(e) -rel (as in scoundrel)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1847, waste +"Ž -rel (“(pejorative)").

    From Wiktionary