1. [syn: uneconomical, wasteful]
2. tending to squander and waste;
3. laying waste;
- Example: "when wasteful war shall statues overturn"- Shakespeare
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Wasteful \Waste"ful\, a.
1. Full of waste; destructive to property; ruinous; as,
wasteful practices or negligence; wasteful expenses.
2. Expending, or tending to expend, property, or that which
is valuable, in a needless or useless manner; lavish;
prodigal; as, a wasteful person; a wasteful disposition.
3. Waste; desolate; unoccupied; untilled. [Obs.]
In wilderness and wasteful desert strayed.
Syn: Lavish; profuse; prodigal; extravagant.
[1913 Webster] -- Waste"ful*ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: inefficient in use of time and effort and materials; "a
clumsy and wasteful process"; "wasteful duplication of
effort"; "uneconomical ebb and flow of power" [syn:
2: tending to squander and waste [ant: thrifty]
3: laying waste; "when wasteful war shall statues overturn"-
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
51 Moby Thesaurus words for "wasteful":
baneful, calamitous, cataclysmal, cataclysmic, catastrophic,
consuming, consumptive, deadly, demolishing, demolitionary,
depredatory, desolating, destroying, destructive, devastating,
disastrous, dissipative, doomful, easy come, easy go, extravagant,
fatal, fateful, fratricidal, incontinent, intemperate, internecine,
lavish, nihilist, nihilistic, overgenerous, overlavish,
overliberal, penny-wise and pound-foolish, pound-foolish, prodigal,
profligate, profuse, ravaging, ruining, ruinous, self-destructive,
spendthrift, subversionary, subversive, suicidal, vandalic,
vandalish, vandalistic, wasting, withering