verb (used with object), wast·ed, wast·ing.
verb (used without object), wast·ed, wast·ing.
Origin of waste
Synonyms for waste
Antonyms for waste
Related Words for lay wastemaraud, pilfer, ravage, desecrate, loot, ransack, devastate, pillage, rob, liberate, requisition, salvage, raid, seize, plunder, scour, gut, comb, demolish, consume
- the useless products of metabolism
- indigestible food residue
- of or denoting the useless products of metabolism
- of or denoting indigestible food residue
Word Origin for waste
c.1200, "desolate regions," from Old French wast, from Latin vastum, neuter of vastus "waste" (see waste (v.)).
Replaced Old English westen, woesten "a desert, wilderness," from the Latin word. Meaning "useless expenditure" is recorded from c.1300; sense of "refuse matter" is attested from c.1400. Waste basket first recorded 1850. Waste-paper first recorded 1580s.
c.1200, "devastate, ravage, ruin," from Anglo-French and Old North French waster "to spoil, ruin" (Old French guaster), altered (by influence of Frankish *wostjan) from Latin vastare "lay waste," from vastus "empty, desolate, waste" (see vain).
The word also existed in Old English as westan. Meaning "to lose strength or health; pine; weaken" is attested from c.1300; the sense of "squander, spend or consume uselessly" is first recorded mid-14c.; meaning "to kill" is from 1964. Wasted "intoxicated" is slang from 1950s. The adjective is recorded from late 13c.
Ravage, ruin, as in The hurricane laid waste the entire seashore. Originally referring to the devastation caused by attackers, this term has come to be used more generally.
In addition to the idioms beginning with waste
- waste away
- waste not, want not
- waste one's breath
- go to waste
- haste makes waste
- lay waste