Origin of wasting
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 wastingblow, exhaust, drain, consume, lavish, deplete, dissipate, lose, misuse, divert, undermine, squander, reduce, spoil, ebb, wane, debilitate, crumble, enfeeble, decrease
Examples from the Web for wasting
Contemporary Examples of wasting
She was once quoted as saying that she wanted to help all women who “are not wasting life being a housekeeper.”Meet 'The Queen of Thieves' Marm Mandelbaum, New York City's First Mob Boss
J. North Conway
September 7, 2014
Once you raised it, a massed army was wasting away, whether it fought or not, or whether it advanced, retreated, or stood still.Why the U.S. Army Is Stuck in the 19th Century
September 2, 2014
Wasting no time, the two of them clambered onto the desk, pushing aside the flag of the Soviet Union that covered it.Fifty Shades of Presidential FanFiction
August 2, 2014
Drug companies are wasting millions of dollars in research on “female Viagra.”Why There Will Never Be a Female Viagra
Robert Weiss LCSW, CSAT-S
July 26, 2014
I was dreading that moment, because there I was thinking I was wasting all of my money and I would have no more savings.Meet Justin Jedlica, the Real Life Ken Doll
April 15, 2014
Historical Examples of wasting
As long as a majority was prepared, it was wasting money to conciliate any body else.
Of course, every effort should be made to keep the ice from wasting.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Wasting no more words, I marched off to the fountainhead for information.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
And Ray pressed his thin, wasting hand across his damp forehead.
She must know that on a day like this he would not be wasting the light,—that he would be working.The Incomplete Amorist
- 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.
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