transitive verb \ˈstrü\

: to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface

: to lie on or cover (something)

strewedstrewed or strewn \ˈstrün\ strew·ing

Full Definition of STREW

:  to spread by scattering
:  to cover by or as if by scattering something <strewing the highways with litter>
:  to become dispersed over as if scattered
:  to spread abroad :  disseminate

Examples of STREW

  1. She strewed the birdseed on the ground.
  2. <sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers>

Origin 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
STREWED Defined for Kids


verb \ˈstrü\
strewedstrewed or strewn \ˈstrün\strew·ing

Definition of STREW for Kids

:  scatter 1 <… his house and yard were disgracefully dirty with rusty tin cans strewn about … — Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses>
:  to spread by scattering <I strewed crumbs for the birds.>
:  to cover by or as if by scattering something <Drivers strewed the highway with litter.>


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