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wastrel

[ wey-struhl ]
/ ˈweɪ strəl /
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noun

a wasteful person; spendthrift: The wastrel had squandered his inheritance, and then came to her, looking for a handout.
Chiefly British.
  1. refuse; waste.
  2. a waif; abandoned child.
  3. an idler or good-for-nothing.

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Origin of wastrel

First recorded in 1580–90; waste + -rel
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British Dictionary definitions for wastrel

wastrel
/ (ˈweɪstrəl) /

noun

a wasteful person; spendthrift; prodigal
an idler or vagabond
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