Spent in a bad way, squandered

He had a misspent youth.

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  • Misspent — Mis*spent , imp. & p. p. of {Misspend}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misspent — [adj] wasted blown*, dissipated, down the drain*, idle, imprudent, misapplied, prodigal, profitless, squandered, thrown away; concepts 544,560,570 Ant. profitable, unwasted, used well …   New thesaurus

  • misspent — adj wasted, frittered away, squandered, thrown away, idle, idled away, misused, profitless, misapplied, dissipated, unprofitable FORMAL prodigal ≠ profitable * * * [adjective] wasted, dissipated, imprudent, profitless, squandered * * * ▶… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Misspent — Misspend Mis*spend , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Misspent}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Misspending}.] To spend amiss or for wrong purposes; to squander; to waste; as, to misspend time or money. J. Philips. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • misspent — /mis spent / 1. pt. and pp. of misspend. adj. 2. spent wrongly or unwisely; wasted: misspent youth. * * * …   Universalium

  • misspent — adj. Misspent is used with these nouns: ↑youth …   Collocations dictionary

  • misspent — mis|spent [ ,mıs spent ] adjective wasted or used badly a. a misspent youth OFTEN HUMOROUS the part of someone s life when they were young and wasted their time and opportunities …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • misspent — adjective our misspent youth Syn: wasted, dissipated, squandered, thrown away, frittered away, misused, misapplied …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • misspent — UK [ˌmɪsˈspent] / US adjective wasted or used badly • a misspent youth …   English dictionary

  • misspent — misshapen, misspelling, misspent see mis …   Modern English usage

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