Wast"er (?), n. [OE. wastour, OF. wasteor, gasteor. See Waste, v. t.]


One who, or that which, wastes; one who squanders; one who consumes or expends extravagantly; a spendthrift; a prodigal.

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. Prov. xviii. 9.

Sconces are great wasters of candles. Swift.


An imperfection in the wick of a candle, causing it to waste; -- called also a thief.



A kind of cudgel; also, a blunt-edged sword used as a foil.

Half a dozen of veneys at wasters with a good fellow for a broken head. Beau. & Fl.

Being unable to wield the intellectual arms of reason, they are fain to betake them unto wasters. Sir T. Browne.


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