Simple Definition of strew
: to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface
: to lie on or cover (something)
Examples of strew in a sentence
She strewed the birdseed on the ground.
<sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers>
Origin and Etymology of strew
Middle English strewen, strowen, from Old English strewian, strēowian; akin to Old High German strewen to strew, Latin struere to heap up, sternere to spread out, Greek stornynai
First Known Use: before 12th century
STREW Defined for Kids
Definition of strew for Students
1 : scatter 1 <… his house and yard were disgracefully dirty with rusty tin cans strewn about … — Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses>
2 : to spread by scattering <I strewed crumbs for the birds.>
3 : to cover by or as if by scattering something <Drivers strewed the highway with litter.>
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