/way"streuhl/, n.
1. a wasteful person; spendthrift.
2. Chiefly Brit.
a. refuse; waste.
b. a waif; abandoned child.
c. an idler or good-for-nothing.
[1580-90; WASTE + -REL]

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  • wastrel — noun Etymology: irregular from 2waste Date: circa 1841 1. vagabond, waif 2. one who expends resources foolishly and self indulgently ; profligate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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