AskDefine | Define wastrel

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wastrel n : someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently [syn: waster]

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  1. A person who wastes time or resources extravagantly.


  • 1929, Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own, Penguin Books, paperback edition, page 22
    Mary's mother - if that was her picture - may have been a wastrel in her spare time (she had thirteen children by a minister of the church), but if so her gay and dissipated life had left too few traces of its pleasures on her face.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Arab, Bowery bum, bad lot, beach bum, beachcomber, beggar, beggarly fellow, big-time spender, black sheep, blackguard, blighter, bo, budmash, bum, bummer, caitiff, castaway, castoff, derelict, devil, discard, dissipater, dogie, drifter, drunkard, flotsam, flotsam and jetsam, foundling, gamin, gamine, good-for-naught, good-for-nothing, guttersnipe, hobo, homeless waif, human wreck, idler, jetsam, junk, knave, lagan, landloper, lazzarone, lecher, libertine, loafer, losel, lounger, lowlife, mauvais sujet, mean wretch, mucker, mudlark, no-good, orphan, pauvre diable, piker, pilgarlic, poor creature, poor devil, prodigal, prodigal son, profligate, ragamuffin, ragman, ragpicker, rake, rapscallion, rascal, refuse, reject, rip, rogue, roue, rounder, rubbish, sad case, sad sack, scalawag, scamp, scapegrace, scoundrel, ski bum, skid-row bum, spend-all, spender, spendthrift, squanderer, stiff, stray, street Arab, street urchin, sundowner, surf bum, swagman, swagsman, tatterdemalion, tennis bum, tramp, trash, truant, turnpiker, urchin, vag, vagabond, vagrant, vaurien, waif, waifs and strays, waster, wastethrift, worthless fellow, wretch
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