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[weyst-fuh l] /ˈweɪst fəl/
given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure:
wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life.
grossly extravagant; prodigal:
a wasteful party.
devastating or destructive:
wasteful war.
Origin of wasteful
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at waste, -ful
Related forms
wastefully, adverb
wastefulness, noun
unwasteful, adjective
unwastefully, adverb
unwastefulness, noun Unabridged
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  • Nay, is not an opposite course that which the poet himself censures as "wasteful, ridiculous excess?"

  • There is some truth in his compliments, no doubt; but they are wasteful, excessive, imprudent.

    Days Off Henry Van Dyke
  • These have their secret purposes, since Nature is not wasteful.

    Edge of the Jungle William Beebe
  • But to put so much of it in one place is a wasteful, vulgar show!

    Ship-Bored Julian Street
  • Now the thrifty, not the wasteful, preserve and increase the national capital.

    British Socialism J. Ellis Barker
British Dictionary definitions for wasteful


tending to waste or squander; extravagant
causing waste, destruction, or devastation
Derived Forms
wastefully, adverb
wastefulness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for wasteful

14c., from waste (n.) + -ful. Related: Wastefully; wastefulness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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