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Wastrel in a Sentence

Examples of wastrel in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of wastrel, followed by 44 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(noun) - someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently

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EXAMPLES - Wastrel in a Sentence

  1. To a hard-bodied, pudding-brained wastrel of a woman. (source)
  2. But Mansfield, a dedicated wastrel, was the real source of sorrow. (source)
  3. That wastrel Nevare knew nothing of being a Great Man, nothing of magic. (source)
  4. "wastrel" with a rifle, for his shy eyes gave the lie to his oily tongue. (source)
  5. Griffin is a top wastrel, but fits right into our culture of arrogance at NASA. (source)
  6. A shrewd ruler, not a wastrel, though she worked her bed as no one before or since. (source)
  7. Even the threat of runaway global warming has its villains - us, and our wastrel ways. (source)
  8. Some will use Earth Day to depict America as an energy wastrel and despoiler of the earth. (source)
  9. Roman tales of Cleopatra as louche and languid, a bedizened wastrel, are probably crudely slanted. (source)
  10. The play follows Hester's affair with former RAF pilot Freddie Page, who turns out to be a callow wastrel. (source)
  11. Put that notion on the table today and we could probably cut a half-trillion AT LEAST from that massive wastrel. (source)
  12. If she wanted to think her younger son was not a young wastrel but a good hearted gentleman, then let her think so. (source)
  13. It seemed like a place that gave monomaniacs a tannoy: so little space to say so little, Facebook for an older wastrel. (source)
  14. We're telling our leading banker that we're changing our wastrel ways, so they'll need to find a different way to prosper. (source)
  15. April 20th, 2010 at 4: 01 am zirconia-blank says: the analyst is the lie, the expert in the TV and so on is only the wastrel. (source)
  16. A ruined wastrel, he lives with his wealthy brother, Sir John, as a humble pensioner ruthlessly exploited by his sister-in-law and his nieces. (source)
  17. Sure, they claim that they have put aside their fiscally wastrel ways, blaming it all on Bush, and have become born again fiscal conservatives. (source)
  18. It turns out, however, that the stranger merely wants to talk about his wastrel son Dickie Greenleaf, who is idling his life away in Mongibello, Italy. (source)
  19. Second- and third-place rivals Zhenai and Baihe require an upfront fee or provide a personality matching service, intended to filter out wastrel Lotharios. (source)
  20. There might be problems with the fileshare site or your ability to access it, or with servers and attachment sizes, or with wastrel writers making cock-ups. (source)
  21. After years as a wastrel of no promise whatsoever, Freddie has surprised all observers by becoming a rather effective swing bowler at a brisk fast-medium pace. (source)
  22. Years later when he had been injured by the wastrel son he supported, he had to go to the hospital, only to be treated by his daughter, who had become a doctor! (source)
  23. "After years as a wastrel of no promise whatsoever, Freddie has surprised all observers by becoming a rather effective swing bowler at a brisk fast-medium pace." (source)
  24. With dishy asides about marital misbehavior, wastrel heirs, social slights and financial shenanigans, Amory charts the creation, and dissolution, of WASP society. (source)
  25. As James Curtis relates in "Between Flops," Sturges was a wastrel of an inventor and man about many towns when he wrote his first play out of pique at an actress girlfriend. (source)
  26. It has been especially difficult for Germany, which has observed stricter budget discipline than many of its more wastrel neighbours, and resents being tapped up to rescue them. (source)
  27. Mr. May interprets the parable of the Prodigal Son, for example, as not about divine forgiveness but about a father who happens to prefer his wastrel offspring to his dutiful brother. (source)
  28. As almost every Christian knows, the story is about a father who forgives his wastrel son, a young man who has not only spent all that he has on fast living, but also has rejected the father. (source)
  29. Only her wastrel cousin Vincent Vere, she believes, possesses a poetic soul similar to her own, though the philistine world regards him as nothing but a sickly, rather epicene dandy and sponge. (source)
  30. Their ranks included an elderly Mauritian women and her granddaughter, Stan and Mary Cameron and the infamous gambler and wastrel Gerald Haxton, American-born lover of the English novelist Somerset Maugham. (source)
  31. The diaries of Elizabeth's parents, particularly her father's, offer a heartrending view of their anxiety about her wild ways, her impracticality, her passage through a disastrous marriage to a charming wastrel. (source)
  32. Why, he didn't tell me, except to say that he was very disappointed in you, you being the eldest son and all that but a goddam lowlife wastrel when it came to money, eating up your inheritance, spending blindly and stupidly. (source)
  33. But it's an enjoyable, buoyant production, and Richard Kline (remember Larry from Three's Company?), now white of hair, acquits himself well as the Edwardian patriarch with a wastrel son washing up back on his doorstep like a returned castaway. (source)
  34. If anything is clear after last week's meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy it is that the Lady is not for turning from her mission to prevent the wastrel nations of the euro zone from feasting on the productivity and hard work of her voters. (source)
  35. In Perrier's Bounty (2009, Optimum, 15), Cillian Murphy plays a wastrel who goes on the run from Brendan Gleeson's gruff crime boss Perrier (rhymes with "terrier") with his suicidal unrequited love (Jodie Whittaker) and fatalistic dad (Jim Broadbent) in tow. (source)
  36. Arthur Kennedy sounds like he always does (did Branwell spend a lot of time in Massachusetts?) but he does a hell of a job as an alcoholic wastrel, turning Branwell into an intriguing dry run for his equally drunken and indolent pseudo-intellectual in A Summer Place. (source)
  37. Whether it's a filibustering senator trying to kill election contribution reform legislation or a bombastic Southern congressman shouting synonyms for "wastrel" at his opponent while thumbing through a dog-eared thesaurus, C-SPAN presents trailer-trash government at its best. (source)
  38. Senior Congressional Democrats, among them Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, who is nobody's idea of a fiscal wastrel, warned the president that this was no time to be cutting back on Social Security and Medicare or putting government on bipartisan automatic pilot. (source)
  39. As the time of his marriage approached, he felt that he had indeed sowed wild oats, and he felt, moreover, what a good thing it would be if he could have but one wild fling more, play the good fellow and the wastrel one last time, ere he settled down to grey lecture-rooms and sober matrimony. (source)
  40. The situation is skillfully played for laughs until the girlfriend unexpectedly produces a second packet of letters that Sir Hugo sent to a male lover, the now-dead alcoholic wastrel on whom he coldly turned his back in order to become a respectable member of the British literary establishment. (source)
  41. I expect, though, that you'll be surprised in the worst possible way to learn that in addition to being a dissolute wastrel, the Tallulah Bankhead of "Looped" is also a tough-minded, warm-hearted amateur psychotherapist who successfully encourages her new best buddy to lead a more abundant sexual life. (source)
  42. They are two sides of the same coin, so their existence can be driven either by a nation providing superior investment opportunities which attract a capital surplus that creates a trade deficit, or its wastrel spending that produces a trade deficit which requires borrowing from abroad creating a capital surplus. (source)
  43. In The Devils -- this reviewer believes The Possessed is the more appropriate translation of the title -- the focus is vied for by once somewhat renowned social critic Stepan Trofimovich Verkhovensky (Elia Schilton), his wealthy but changeable landlady Varvara Petrovna Stavrogina (Maddalena Crippa) and her homicidal, wastrel son Nikolay Vsevolodovich Stravrogin (Ivan Alovisio). (source)
  44. When you're a queen of unblemished virtue, devoted to Duty and the high moral tone, and your son and Heir to the Throne is a notorious wastrel who counts all time lost when he ain't stuffing, swilling, sponging off rich toad-eaters, and rogering everything in skirts, you're apt to be censorious - why, she'd once told Elspeth that she was determined to outlive the brute 'cos he wasn't fit to be king, so there. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 44 example sentences provided below is 50.0, which suggests that "wastrel" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.


We have 8 synonyms for wastrel.

idler, profligate, rake, spendthrift, squanderer, vagabond, vagrant, waster


We have 0 antonyms for wastrel.


Pronunciation: (wāˈstrəl)

Syllabification: wast-rel


View up to 25 definitions of wastrel from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (noun) One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; a profligate.
  2. (noun) An idler or a loafer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) One who is profligate, who wastes time or resources extravagantly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) Any waste thing or substance.
  2. (noun) Waste land or common land.
  3. (noun) A profligate.
  4. (noun) A neglected child; a street Arab.
  5. (noun) Anything cast away as bad or useless, as imperfect bricks, china, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (noun) Anything cast away as spoiled in the making, or bad; waste; refuse.
  2. (noun) Anything allowed to run to waste.
  3. (noun) A profligate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) someone who dissipates resources self-indulgently