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waster

[wey-ster]
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noun
  1. a person or thing that wastes time, money, etc.
  2. a piece of ceramic ware warped, cracked, or melted during firing.
  3. a spendthrift or wastrel.
  4. a destroyer: The Vandals were wasters of cities.
  5. Chiefly British. wastrel(def 2).
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Origin of waster

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French wastere, wastour (see -or2); later understood as waste + -er1
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Related Words

wastrelprodigalprofligate

Examples from the Web for waster

Historical Examples

  • Six feet of futile clay; a waster of time, money, and opportunity.

    Shorty McCabe on the Job

    Sewell Ford

  • At home he was always a waster, much of a snob, and impossible to control.

    Gladiator

    Philip Wylie

  • I must get hold of the waster who told the story, and hear for myself what he has to say.

  • Larry, the waster of life, yet the faithful, the symbol of brotherhood.

  • Monsieur, I am loafer, waster—what you like—for all that, poverty is my only crime.


British Dictionary definitions for waster

waster

noun
  1. a person or thing that wastes
  2. a ne'er-do-well; wastrel
  3. an article spoiled in manufacture
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