wast

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Late Middle English wast; equivalent to was +‎ -est.

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wast

  1. (archaic) second-person singular simple past form of be; wert.

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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

wast (plural wasts)

  1. Obsolete form of waist.

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Dutch[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑst
  • IPA(key): /ʋɑst/

Verb[edit]

wast

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of wassen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of wassen

Gothic[edit]

Romanization[edit]

wast

  1. Romanization of 𐍅𐌰𐍃𐍄

Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from Old Northern French wast (adjective), from Frankish *wōstī, from Proto-Germanic *wōstuz, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂- (to desert). Doublet of weste (deserted).

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Adjective[edit]

wast (plural and weak singular waste)

  1. uncultivated, deserted, desolate
  2. extravagant, wasteful, excessive
  3. useless, empty, meaningless
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Descendants[edit]
  • English: waste
  • Scots: waste
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Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowed from Old Northern French wast (noun), from the adjective. Doublet of weste (wilderness).

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Noun[edit]

wast (plural wastes)

  1. Uncultivated or deserted land; wilderness.
  2. Devastation, ruination; making waste.
  3. (property law) Damage to property or that which causes it.
  4. The utilisation or expenditure of resources:
    1. Extravagant or wasteful consumption.
    2. Useless or ineffectual behaviour; futility.
  5. (rare) Waste, rubbish; useless things.
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Etymology 3[edit]

Apparently inherited from Old English *wæst, *wæxt, *weahst, from Proto-West Germanic *wahstu, from Proto-Germanic *wahstuz; compare waxen (to grow).

Forms with /aː/ may be due to the analogy of the variation between /aː/ and /a/ in Etymologies 1 and 2.

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wast (plural wastes)

  1. (uncommon) waist (bottom of the chest).
  2. (rare) waist (middle portion of a ship's hull)
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Etymology 4[edit]

From was +‎ -est; partially replacing earlier were.

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Verb[edit]

wast

  1. (Late Middle English) second-person singular past indicative of been
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Etymology 5[edit]

Verb[edit]

wast

  1. Alternative form of wasten

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

wast m (oblique plural waz or watz, nominative singular waz or watz, nominative plural wast)

  1. Alternative form of gast

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Middle English west, from Old English west, from Proto-West Germanic *west, from Proto-Germanic *westraz, from Proto-Indo-European *wek(ʷ)speros. Cognate to English west.

Adverb[edit]

wast (comparative mair wast, superlative maist wast)

  1. west
  2. back, sideways; upstream

Preposition[edit]

wast

  1. west
  2. over, across
    She wis walkin wast the road. - She was walking across the road.

Adjective[edit]

wast (comparative mair wast, superlative maist wast)

  1. west