waster

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n waster a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to "a destroyer of the environment","jealousy was his undoer","uprooters of gravestones"
    • n waster someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Waster A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil. "Half a dozen of veneys at wasters with a good fellow for a broken head.""Being unable to wield the intellectual arms of reason, they are fain to betake them unto wasters ."
    • Waster An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste; -- called also a thief.
    • Waster One who, or that which, wastes; one who squanders; one who consumes or expends extravagantly; a spendthrift; a prodigal. "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster .""Sconces are great wasters of candles."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n waster A cow or other animal which is wasting away in consequence of tuberculosis.
    • n waster A marasmic infant.
    • n waster One who or that which wastes, squanders, or consumes extravagantly or uselessly; a prodigal; a squanderer.
    • n waster A lawless, thieving vagabond.
    • n waster An excrescence in the snuff of a candle which causes it to waste: otherwise called a thief.
    • n waster That which is wasted or spoiled; an article damaged or spoiled in course of making. Specifically— In the industrial arts, a vessel or other object badly east, badly fired, or in any way defective or useless, or fit only to be remelted.
    • n waster plural Tin-plates (sheet-iron tinned) deficient in weight, or otherwise inferior in quality, and which are sorted out from the “primes.” They are used for various purposes which do not require the best quality of stock.
    • waster To waste; squander.
    • n waster A wooden sword formerly used for practice by the common people.
    • n waster Same as leister.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Waster one who or that which wastes: a spendthrift: a destroyer: an article spoilt in the making
    • n Waster wās′tėr a wooden sword for practising fencing with:
    • n Waster wās′tėr (Scot.) a leister
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. wastour, OF. wasteor, gasteor,. See Waste (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ety. dub.

Usage

In literature:

An idle, loafing rascal who thought of nothing but his own comfort, and was the biggest waster in the village.
"A Houseful of Girls" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Of course only the wasters would put themselves in any such position.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Hitherto he had been dealing with small men and wasters.
"The Man Who Lost Himself" by H. De Vere Stacpoole
He is what successful and conceited people call a waster.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
She never makes a masterpiece but she smashes a million 'wasters' without a care.
"The Crack of Doom" by Robert Cromie
You're becoming, what they say you are, a waster.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
But he was a waster, God rest his soul!
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Both of them are, if not exactly spendthrifts, "wasters," very mainly through careless and excessive generosity.
"A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2" by George Saintsbury
The greatest wasters in the poorest districts are the irresponsible Socialist authorities.
"British Socialism" by J. Ellis Barker
I was a waster and a fool.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
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In poetry:

The maid in bed first heard the din,
And started up to let him in;
So willingly the latch to lift,
She went in nothing but her shift.
A servant-maid, in any state,
Should never let her waster wait.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton
BLUE-NOSE
Many things thou askest, jackknife-bearing stranger,
Much-conjecturing mortal, pork-and-treacle-waster!
Pretermit thy whittling, wheel thine ear-flap toward me,
Thou shall hear them answered.
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
"Here, and I hope you'll have me — take me for what I'm worth,
A chap that's a bit of a waster, come from the ends of the earth,
To fight with the best that's in him for the dear old land of his birth!"
"The Return Of The Prodigal" by Cicely Fox Smith
Odysseus, Odysseus, you who made
The plan that drove the wasters from the house,
And bent the bow that none could bend but you:
Be with us still:
Your memory be the watcher in our house,
Your memory be the flame upon our hills.
"Odysseus: In Memory Of Arthur Griffith" by Padraic Colum
"I got no time fer wasters, lad," sez 'e,
"But that there ugly mug o' yourn I trust."
An' so I reckon that it's up to me
To make a bloomin' do of it or bust.
I got to take the back-ache wiv the rest,
An' plug along, an' do me little best.
"Uncle Jim" by C J Dennis

In news:

Here is your office time waster.
We are going to plug up the world wide web today with an office waster today.
North Carolina legislators are concerned that Microsoft's ubiquitous time waster is also wasting state money.
Time Waster Website Of the Day.- Tank On Empty.
BARBARA MCMICHAEL A water- waster 's conversion experience.
Creative pastime more than time- waster .
Not Our Biggest Time- Waster .
Safety net or space waster .
'I'm Still Here' a time- waster , believe it or not.
I think I have found the ultimate time waster : Stumbleupon.
Here is your office time waster .
Workers at the Logan County Waster Management say they were emptying a holding pond, preparing for the new water waste treatment, when dirty water leaked into a nearby creek.
Mark Cuban Calls Facebook a 'Time Waster.
Federal Government ?Is A Renewable Waster Of Money.
BK's Daily Time Waster(part 2 Mon ).
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