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Monday, November 13, 2017

Definitions for wastrel

  1. a wasteful person; spendthrift.
  2. Chiefly British. a. refuse; waste. b. a waif; abandoned child. c. an idler or good-for-nothing.

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Citations for wastrel
They'd just let you drain your trust fund and be a wastrel. Nora Roberts, Daring to Dream, 1996
Mr. Hibble had not used the word "wastrel" in reference to my father and money, but the implication hung in the air like so much smoke from his cigar. Louis Begley, Matters of Honor, 2007
Origin of wastrel
1580-1590
Wastrel first appears at the end of the 16th century in the sense “something useless or worthless; waste”; by the end of the 18th century it had also come to mean “inferior piece of workmanship.” Its current sense “spendthrift, profligate” dates from the mid-19th century.