- refuse; waste.
- a waif; abandoned child.
- an idler or good-for-nothing.
Origin of wastrel
Examples from the Web for wastrel
Indeed, as I have said before, ambition was the one thing which kept him from being a wastrel.The Man Who Rose Again|Joseph Hocking
He felt himself ridiculous and wanted to leave the wastrel, but somehow could not.Kit Musgrave's Luck|Harold Bindloss
I would explain that Mark must have gone out somewhere, and would myself introduce the wastrel brother to the tea-table.The Red House Mystery|A. A. Milne
But I marvel to find that a writer of Mr. Lilly's intelligence and good faith is willing to father such a wastrel.Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions|Thomas H. Huxley
After all, he is a pauper and a wastrel, and he has not the honour of bearing our Name.The Lady of the Shroud|Bram Stoker