Word of the day

The word for today is…

wastrel (noun) – 1. One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; a profligate.
2. An idler or a loafer.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Wastrel first appears at the end of the 16th century in the sense “something useless or worthless; waste”; by the end of the 18th century it had also come to mean “inferior piece of workmanship.” Its current sense “spendthrift, profligate” dates from the mid-19th century.


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