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[wey-stid] /ˈweɪ stɪd/
waste (defs 26–28).
done to no avail; useless:
wasted efforts.
physically or psychologically exhausted; debilitated:
to be wasted by a long illness.
Slang. overcome by the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Archaic. (of time) gone by.
Origin of wasted
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at waste, -ed2
Related forms
wastedness, noun
unwasted, adjective Unabridged
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  • And every effort which they put into it is unwasted and has a telling effect in the result.

    Haiti J. Dryden Kuser
  • There was the positive and unwasted substance—and there too was the seeming spirit.

    George Cruikshank's Omnibus George Cruikshank
  • The freshness of feeling which keeps the heart young was unwasted to the end.

    From the Easy Chair, series 2 George William Curtis
  • Even the preoccupied girl looked on in fascination at a rapidity of unwasted movement suggesting a conjuring feat.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • No display of military genius could have extorted from Lee his sword so long as his resources were unwasted.

    A Military Genius Sarah Ellen Blackwell
  • They naturally come for help to the provident one, whose fields are unwasted, and whose granaries are full.

  • Happy season of youth, which can find nothing more reverend than its possibilities, more glorious than its unwasted powers!

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • The two youths went to the table and ate slices of the unwasted loaf and drank draughts from the inexhaustible bottle.

  • They naturally come for help to the provident one, whose fields are unwasted and whose granaries are full.

  • What miracles can be wrought by an open mind and a keen sense of the cumulative power of the unwasted minute!

    The Deluge David Graham Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for unwasted


not exploited or taken advantage of: a wasted opportunity
useless or unprofitable: wasted effort
physically enfeebled and emaciated: a thin wasted figure
(slang) showing signs of habitual drug abuse
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Slang definitions & phrases for unwasted



  1. Penniless; broke (1950s+ Cool talk)
  2. Intoxicated by narcotics or alcohol; strung out: Everybody was getting kind of high on acid, wasted, in fact (1950s+ Narcotics & cool talk)
  3. Exhausted; pooped (mid-1950s+)
  4. recked; ruined; destroyed: Like, I'm wasted. I can't lose no more (late 1950s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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