wastrel

[wey-struh l]

noun

a wasteful person; spendthrift.
Chiefly British.
  1. refuse; waste.
  2. a waif; abandoned child.
  3. an idler or good-for-nothing.

Origin of wastrel

First recorded in 1580–90; waste + -rel
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wastrel

noun

a wasteful person; spendthrift; prodigal
an idler or vagabond
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Word Origin and History for wastrel
n.

"spendthrift, idler," 1847, from waste (v.) + pejorative suffix -rel.

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