wasteful

[ weyst-fuh l ]
/ ˈweɪst fəl /

adjective

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
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wasteful

/ (ˈweɪstfʊl) /

adjective

tending to waste or squander; extravagant
causing waste, destruction, or devastation
Derived Formswastefully, adverbwastefulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for wasteful

wasteful


adj.

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

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