wastrel

[wey-struh l]
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Origin of wastrel

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

noun
  1. a wasteful person; spendthrift; prodigal
  2. 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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