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[ weyst-fuhl ]


  1. given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure:

    wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life.

  2. grossly extravagant; prodigal:

    a wasteful party.

  3. devastating or destructive:

    wasteful war.


/ ˈweɪstfʊl /


  1. tending to waste or squander; extravagant
  2. causing waste, destruction, or devastation

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Derived Forms

  • ˈwastefully, adverb
  • ˈwastefulness, noun

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Other Words From

  • wasteful·ly adverb
  • wasteful·ness noun
  • un·wasteful adjective
  • un·wasteful·ly adverb
  • un·wasteful·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of wasteful1

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; waste, -ful

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Example Sentences

It’s extremely time-consuming, wasteful in energy, and a head-scratcher in that it doesn’t match our human experience of learning.

Despite this notoriety, these materials aren’t necessarily as wasteful as many consumers may think.

The team argues that traditional barrel aging is a wasteful process, where you lose 20 percent of the product through evaporation, and one that is hard to replicate.

It will seem wasteful and barbaric compared to growing exactly the cuts of meat that we want, with no death or pollution involved.

The plastics industry is extraordinarily wastefulThe report summarizes four aspects of the industry’s wasteful ways.

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Two-thirds agree that “government is usually inefficient and wasteful.”

Though with budget cuts now looming, Congress is trying to gut some of those benefits while wasteful programs go untouched.

That said, he has motioned that he would not be against cutting wasteful spending from the defense budget.

The most interesting part of eccentricity may be just how wasteful it usually is.

If those 3s turn into 2's and 1's, then it will be clear that this whole program was a giant, wasteful mess.

Peace, also—or peace under the old conditions of industry—is infinitely wasteful of human energy.

Occasionally Malcolm shot a peacock, but shooting birds with a revolver is a difficult sport and wasteful of ammunition.

These Indians were so fierce, and warlike, and wasteful, they went about destroying everything.

At the foot of the lake, a mass of ice was piled high over the shore, where lived these wasteful Indians.

You that are so wasteful of your buttons,” said I, “I can hardly think you would be a good judge of business.





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