Adjective "wastrel" definition and examples

(Wastrel may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈweɪstr(ə)l/

Definitions and examples

noun

A wasteful or good-for-nothing person.
  1. 'In those dark days fathers surfaced in politics either as incipient child-abusers, or alimony-evading wastrels.'
  2. 'But to the contrary, the people were sympathetic towards her for having no father and a wastrel of a brother.'
  3. 'His prospective employer, Tony, is an upper-class wastrel just come into his inheritance.'
A waif; a neglected child.

    More definitions

    1. a wasteful person; spendthrift.

    2. Chiefly British. refuse; waste. a waif; abandoned child. an idler or good-for-nothing.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "grasshoppers can be wastrel."

    Origin

    Late 16th century (denoting a strip of waste land): from the verb waste + -rel.