waster

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Etymology 1[edit]

Partly from Anglo-Norman wastere, wastour, partly from waste +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

waster (plural wasters)

  1. Someone or something that wastes; someone who squanders or spends extravagantly.
  2. (dialectal) An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.

Noun[edit]

waster (plural wasters)

  1. (obsolete, chiefly fencing) A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.3.6:
      Or, as they that play at wasters exercise themselves by a few cudgels how to avoid an enemy's blows, let us arm ourselves against all such violent incursions which may invade our minds.

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Old French[edit]

Verb[edit]

waster

  1. Alternative form of gaster.
    • circa 1170, Wace, Le Roman de Rou:
      E li Paens ont tot wasté
      And the peasants destroyed everything

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  • Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

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