waster

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wastere, waister, wastar, wastour, equivalent to waste +‎ -er. Compare Anglo-Norman wastur, Old French gastëor.

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.
  3. A destroyer
Synonyms[edit]
  • (one who spends extravagantly): For semantic relationships of this sense, see spendthrift in the Wikisaurus.
  • (imperfection in the wick): thief
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Etymology 2[edit]

Unknown

Noun[edit]

waster (plural wasters)

  1. (obsolete, chiefly fencing) A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, 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. (Anglo-Norman) Alternative form of gaster
    • circa 1170, Wace, Le Roman de Rou:
      E li Paens ont tot wasté
      And the peasants destroyed everything

Conjugation[edit]

This verb conjugates as a first-group verb ending in -er. The forms that would normally end in *-sts, *-stt are modified to z, st. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.

Descendants[edit]

  • English: waste (borrowed)