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wastrel

[wey-struh l] /ˈweɪ strəl/
noun
1.
a wasteful person; spendthrift.
2.
Chiefly British.
  1. refuse; waste.
  2. a waif; abandoned child.
  3. an idler or good-for-nothing.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; waste + -rel
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  • His marriage with an actress estranged him from his family, and after this event his life was that of a wastrel.
British Dictionary definitions for wastrel

wastrel

/ˈweɪstrəl/
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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