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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [weyst-land]
    • /ˈweɪstˌlænd/
    • /ˈweɪst.lænd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [weyst-land]
    • /ˈweɪstˌlænd/

Definitions of wasteland word

  • noun wasteland land that is uncultivated or barren. 1
  • noun wasteland an area that is devastated, as by flood, storm, or war. 1
  • noun wasteland something, as a period of history, phase of existence, or locality, that is spiritually or intellectually barren. 1
  • noun wasteland An unused area of land that has become barren or overgrown. 1
  • noun wasteland barren terrain 1
  • variable noun wasteland A wasteland is an area of land on which not much can grow or which has been spoiled in some way. 0

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Origin of wasteland

First appearance:

before 1630
One of the 42% oldest English words
First recorded in 1630-40; waste + -land

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Parts of speech for Wasteland


wasteland popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 77% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wasteland usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wasteland

noun wasteland

  • wilderness — a wooded area in NE Virginia: several battles fought here in 1864 between armies of Grant and Lee.
  • desert — A desert is a large area of land, usually in a hot region, where there is almost no water, rain, trees, or plants.
  • badlands — any deeply eroded barren area
  • swamp — a tract of wet, spongy land, often having a growth of certain types of trees and other vegetation, but unfit for cultivation.
  • marsh — Dame (Edith) Ngaio [nahy-oh] /ˈnaɪ oʊ/ (Show IPA), 1899–1982, New Zealand writer of detective novels.

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