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.

Nearby words

  1. waste pipe,
  2. waste product,
  3. waste well,
  4. wastebasket,
  5. wasted,
  6. wastefully,
  7. wasteland,
  8. wastelot,
  9. wastepaper,
  10. wastepaper basket

Origin of wasteful

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

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British Dictionary definitions for wastefulness

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 wastefulness

wasteful

adj.

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

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