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[wey-ster] /ˈweɪ stər/
a person or thing that wastes time, money, etc.
a piece of ceramic ware warped, cracked, or melted during firing.
a spendthrift or wastrel.
a destroyer:
The Vandals were wasters of cities.
Chiefly British. wastrel (def 2).
Origin of waster
1300-50; Middle English < Anglo-French wastere, wastour (see -or2); later understood as waste + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • Six feet of futile clay; a waster of time, money, and opportunity.

  • At home he was always a waster, much of a snob, and impossible to control.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • I must get hold of the waster who told the story, and hear for myself what he has to say.

  • Larry, the waster of life, yet the faithful, the symbol of brotherhood.

    The U.P. Trail Zane Grey
  • Monsieur, I am loafer, waster—what you like—for all that, poverty is my only crime.

  • They will soon discriminate between the waster and the deserving man.

  • He will have the reward of the waster, as I have told you before now.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • But Jockey Mackay had been thrown back into his life's environment at sight of waster.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • waster can trim Ding Dong to a certainty at a mile and a quarter.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • waster won all his races comin' through his horses from behind—'cause he's game.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
British Dictionary definitions for waster


a person or thing that wastes
a ne'er-do-well; wastrel
an article spoiled in manufacture
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