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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wey-struh l]
    • /ˈweɪ strəl/
    • /ˈweɪ.strəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wey-struh l]
    • /ˈweɪ strəl/

Definitions of wastrel word

  • noun wastrel a wasteful person; spendthrift. 1
  • noun wastrel Chiefly British. refuse; waste. a waif; abandoned child. an idler or good-for-nothing. 1
  • noun wastrel A wasteful or good-for-nothing person. 1
  • noun wastrel idle person 1
  • countable noun wastrel If you describe someone as a wastrel you mean that they are lazy and spend their time and money on foolish things. 0
  • noun wastrel a wasteful person; spendthrift; prodigal 0

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Origin of wastrel

First appearance:

before 1580
One of the 35% oldest English words
First recorded in 1580-90; waste + -rel

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Parts of speech for Wastrel


wastrel popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

wastrel usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wastrel

noun wastrel

  • spendthrift — a person who spends possessions or money extravagantly or wastefully; prodigal.
  • squanderer — to spend or use (money, time, etc.) extravagantly or wastefully (often followed by away).
  • waster — a person or thing that wastes time, money, etc.
  • prodigal — wastefully or recklessly extravagant: prodigal expenditure.
  • profligate — utterly and shamelessly immoral or dissipated; thoroughly dissolute.

Antonyms for wastrel

noun wastrel

  • miser — a comedy (1668) by Molière.

Top questions with wastrel

  • what does wastrel mean?
  • what is a wastrel?

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