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straw

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noun \ˈstrȯ\

Simple Definition of straw

  • : the dry stems of wheat and other grain plants

  • : a single dry stem of a grain plant

  • : a thin tube used for sucking up a drink

Full Definition of straw

  1. 1a :  stalks of grain after threshing; broadly :  dry stalky plant residue used like grain straw (as for bedding or packing)b :  a natural or artificial heavy fiber used for weaving, plaiting, or braiding

  2. 2 :  a dry coarse stem especially of a cereal grass

  3. 3a (1) :  something of small worth or significance (2) :  something too insubstantial to provide support or help in a desperate situation <clutching at straws>b :  chaff 2

  4. 4a :  something (as a hat) made of strawb :  a tube (as of paper, plastic, or glass) for sucking up a beverage

strawy play \ˈstrȯ-ē\ adjective
straw in the wind
  1. :  a slight fact that is an indication of a coming event

Examples of straw

  1. He was chewing on a straw.

  2. He asked for a straw for his iced tea.

  3. She drank the juice through a straw.



Origin of straw

Middle English, from Old English strēaw; akin to Old High German strō straw, Old English strewian to strew


First Known Use: before 12th century

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straw

adjective

Definition of straw

  1. 1 :  made of straw <a straw hat>

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or used for straw <a straw barn>

  3. 3 :  of the color of straw <straw hair>

  4. 4 :  of little or no value :  worthless

  5. 5 :  of, relating to, resembling, or being a straw man

  6. 6 :  of, relating to, or concerned with the discovery of preferences by means of a straw vote



Examples of straw

  1. <the cheese maker told us that the best Parmesan cheeses are straw, not white, in color>



15th Century

First Known Use of straw

15th century

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STRAW Defined for Kids

straw

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noun \ˈstrȯ\

Definition of straw

  1. 1 :  dry plant stems (as of grain after threshing) <a mat of straw>

  2. 2 :  a slender tube for sucking up a beverage





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