waist or waste?

What Is the Difference between "waist" and "waste"?

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Waist is the middle part of the body.
Waste means rubbish garbage or to expend without reason.

Waist and Waste

The words waist and waste sound identical, but their meanings are very different.


Waist is the part of the body between the ribs and hips. A section of clothing that fits the waist may also be called the waist (e.g., The waist on this suit is too tight). Similarly, midsections of airplanes and ships can also be referred to as waists.



Waste can be a noun, a verb or an adjective. It has several meanings:

Useless materials left over from another activity (i.e., rubbish , garbage ).
  • Cellular waste products are a by-product of cellular respiration.
  • Originally, soya milk was a waste product of tofu.
  • The new concept encourages producers to leave no municipal waste for landfill.
To expend materials or resources without reason.

  • Do not waste drinking water.
  • Junk mail invades our homes and wastes our time.
To wear away, to weaken or to tire.
  • Her quadriceps ave wasted badly since the injury.
  • I am wasted after that run.
  • (I am tired...)
Uninhabited or uncultivated (usually of land).
  • This area has turned to wasteland since the flood.
To kill (slang).
  • I am going to waste that little punk.

A Quick Test

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Hot Tip


Imagine the i in the middle of waist is a person. So:

"There's a person in the middle of waist. There's a waist in the middle of a person."

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