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Definition of "wastrel" []

  • One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; a profligate. (noun)
  • An idler or a loafer. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "wastrel" in a sentence
  • "Whether it's a filibustering senator trying to kill election contribution reform legislation or a bombastic Southern congressman shouting synonyms for "wastrel" at his opponent while thumbing through a dog-eared thesaurus, C-SPAN presents trailer-trash government at its best."
  • ""wastrel" with a rifle, for his shy eyes gave the lie to his oily tongue."
  • "There might be problems with the fileshare site or your ability to access it, or with servers and attachment sizes, or with wastrel writers making cock-ups."