Definitions

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

  • n. One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; a profligate.
  • n. An idler or a loafer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who is profligate, who wastes time or resources extravagantly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any waste thing or substance.
  • n. Waste land or common land.
  • n. A profligate.
  • n. A neglected child; a street Arab.
  • n. Anything cast away as bad or useless, as imperfect bricks, china, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything cast away as spoiled in the making, or bad; waste; refuse.
  • n. Anything allowed to run to waste.
  • n. A profligate.

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

  • n. someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently

Etymologies

wast(e) + -rel (as in scoundrel).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1847, waste +‎ -rel (“(pejorative)”). (Wiktionary)

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  • Go birch yourself, yarb.

    February 26, 2010

  • I am the village wastrel.

    February 26, 2010

  • Yarb birched the village wastrel.

    February 26, 2010

  • almost synonymous with 'rich man's son'

    April 13, 2009

  • a wasteful person

    September 16, 2007