Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that wastes: a waster of time; a waster of money.
  • n. One that lays waste; a destroyer: a waster of enemy cities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Someone or something that wastes; someone who squanders or spends extravagantly.
  • n. An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste.
  • n. A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, wastes; one who squanders; one who consumes or expends extravagantly; a spendthrift; a prodigal.
  • n. An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste; -- called also a thief.
  • n. A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To waste; squander.
  • n.
  • n. A cow or other animal which is wasting away in consequence of tuberculosis.
  • n. A marasmic infant.
  • n. One who or that which wastes, squanders, or consumes extravagantly or uselessly; a prodigal; a squanderer.
  • n. A lawless, thieving vagabond.
  • n. An excrescence in the snuff of a candle which causes it to waste: otherwise called a thief.
  • n. That which is wasted or spoiled; an article damaged or spoiled in course of making.
  • n. plural Tin-plates (sheet-iron tinned) deficient in weight, or otherwise inferior in quality, and which are sorted out from the “primes.” They are used for various purposes which do not require the best quality of stock.
  • n. A wooden sword formerly used for practice by the common people.
  • n. Same as leister.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently
  • n. a person who destroys or ruins or lays waste to

Etymologies

Partly from Anglo-Norman wastere, wastour, partly from waste +‎ -er. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As a bonus, The Wendell Baker Story, an "amiable time-waster," is reviewed on the same page (dots are connected in the opening paragraphs).

    GreenCine Daily: Fay Grim.

  • This chase, in which the fish is pursued and struck with barbed spears, or a sort of long shafted trident, called a waster, 1is much practised at the mouth of the Esk, and in the other salmon rivers of Scotland.

    Chapter XXVI

  • This chase, in which the fish is pursued and struck with barbed spears, or a sort of long-shafted trident, called a waster, is much practised at the mouth of the Esk and in the other salmon rivers of Scotland.

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • I show how to avoid the biggest time and money-waster, which is not understanding who your platform is for and why - and hopefully save writers from the confusion and inertia that can result from either information overload or not taking the big picture into account before they jump into writing for traditional publication.

    Meryl's Notes at meryl.net by Writer Meryl K. Evans

  • The 'waster' of whom he chants is the slang name borne by the local fast man.

    Robert F. Murray: His Poems with a Memoir

  • I don't know about everyone else but facebook has become a time waster in the extreme.

    NASA's Dueling In-House Facebooks - NASA Watch

  • I was clicking through Monstropedia (what a fabulous time-waster … umm, I mean research site!) and I came across the entry for succubus: a female demon who seduces men and feeds off their energy when they have sex.

    NZ/Aus Authors: Erica Hayes - Shadowfae

  • Sevilla are a changed club, where players chase down the opposition, where fans give Romaric – Romaric, for goodness sake – a standing ovation and cheer Negredo, the man who suffered the biggest fall from grace in Spain last season, going from the striker everyone wanted to to a gobby, diving and largely ineffective waster in the blink of an eye.

    Sevilla get their season going ... all it took was to ditch the mother-in-law

  • Though since I may well be the industry's #1 time waster on facebook (and am by your definition, one of the "creatives") I can't say I agree with it.

    Can we grow the number of readers?

  • There was no discussion that French Frank was a waster.

    Chapter 8

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  • A defective glass object discarded during manufacture. Wasters are usually recycled as cullet.

    November 9, 2007