From Middle English wastful; equivalent to waste + -ful.
wasteful (comparative more wasteful, superlative most wasteful)
- Inclined to waste or squander money or resources.
- 2023 March 8, 'Industry Insider', “The Beeching legacy”, in RAIL, number 978, page 68:
- As a narrative, competition of the type seen between the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) and the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) was seen as wasteful, with duplicate routes reflecting an unnecessary use of resources.
- Synonyms: prodigal, profligate
- Antonym: unwasteful
- (obsolete) Uninhabited, desolate.
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, “Book III, Canto VI”, in The Faerie Queene. […], London: […] [John Wolfe] for William Ponsonbie, →OCLC, stanza 17, page 482:
- Shortly vnto the vvaſtefull vvoods ſhe came, / VVhereas ſhe found the Goddeſſe vvith her crevv, […]
inclined to waste