wastrel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n wastrel someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wastrel A neglected child; a street Arab.
    • Wastrel A profligate.
    • Wastrel Any waste thing or substance
    • Wastrel Anything cast away as bad or useless, as imperfect bricks, china, etc.
    • Wastrel Waste land or common land.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wastrel Anything cast away as spoiled in the making, or bad; waste; refuse.
    • n wastrel Anything allowed to run to waste. Specifically— Waste land; a common. Carew, Survey of Cornwall, fol. 13.
    • n wastrel A profligate.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Wastrel refuse: anything neglected, a neglected child:
    • Wastrel (dial.) a profligate
    • ***

Quotations

  • Karl Kraus
    Karl%20Kraus
    “Experiences are savings which a miser puts aside. Wisdom is an inheritance which a wastrel cannot exhaust.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. wast, gaste—L. vastus, waste; cf. A.S. wéste, Ger. wüst, desolate.

Usage

In literature:

And it is a good place, the only safe place for wastrels such as I, the only refuge from my enemy.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
Coorse they're safe, bad luck to the young wastrels!
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
I am no longer a wastrel, no longer poor and obscure.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
They had penetrated the fringe of a gathering composed largely of weedy youths and wastrel old men.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
In reality, he is a first-rate wastrel.
"The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley" by Louis Tracy
It was only then that he realized fully the merits of the wastrel Phineas McPhail.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
And yet ... the drunken wastrel had been a man of mark once, and earned his thousands.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
The man who throws life away before he has done with it, dear, is a wastrel.
"The Double Four" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
We must (i) inject into these wastrels the feeling of responsibility and (ii) prevent the children from dying of starvation.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Too many were wastrels, cutting adrift from a blighted past.
"The Red River Colony" by Louis Aubrey Wood
***

In poetry:

And I'll go seek through moor and dale
A flower that wastrel winds caress;
The bud is red and the leaves pale,
The name of it Forgetfulness.
"A Western Voyage" by James Elroy Flecker
Let us infest the Lintel of the Gloam
And chase the Steeds from Morning's Hippodrome,
And let Aurora's wastrel Wanderings be
A good Excuse to stay away from Home.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin

In news:

Nor would you expect wenches, wastrels, minstrels, and marauders.
***