- a wasteful person; spendthrift.
- Chiefly British.
- refuse; waste.
- a waif; abandoned child.
- an idler or good-for-nothing.
Origin of wastrel
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Examples from the Web for wastrel
And yon riff-raff, his spitten picter, is no'but some wastrel merry-begot.A Son of Hagar
Sir Hall Caine
A wastrel, a roisterer by night, a spendthrift, and a thief!The Pagan Madonna
It was only then that he realized fully the merits of the wastrel Phineas McPhail.The Rough Road
William John Locke
Drunkenness and an iron social system manufactured the criminal, the wastrel, the lunatic, and we dealt with the waste product.
After all, he is a pauper and a wastrel, and he has not the honour of bearing our Name.The Lady of the Shroud
- a wasteful person; spendthrift; prodigal
- an idler or vagabond
Word Origin and History for wastrel
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