starch

1 of 2

verb

starched; starching; starches

transitive verb

: to stiffen with or as if with starch

starch

2 of 2

noun

1
: a white odorless tasteless granular or powdery complex carbohydrate (C6H10O5)x that is the chief storage form of carbohydrate in plants, is an important foodstuff, and is used also in adhesives and sizes, in laundering, and in pharmacy and medicine
2
: a stiff formal manner : formality
3
: resolute vigor

Examples of starch in a Sentence

Verb He starches the collars of his shirts. Noun a middle-aged woman who has retained the starch of youth
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The fabric, fully starched, would soar into the air and find its resting place on his cheeks. Melvin Backman, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 Try not to pull back the husk and expose the kernels though, as this only speeds up the corn drying out and converting its natural sugars to starch. Patricia S York, Southern Living, 10 Aug. 2023
Noun
The cloudy cooking water contains starch released from the noodles, and it can be used for more than just pasta sauces. Sonal Dutt, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 Bell peppers, which are available in a variety of colors, contain high quantities of antioxidant vitamins and lower levels of starch. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for starch 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English sterchen, probably from Old English *stercan to stiffen; akin to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of starch was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Starch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starch. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

starch

1 of 2 verb
: to stiffen with or as if with starch

starch

2 of 2 noun
1
: a white odorless tasteless carbohydrate that is the chief form in which carbohydrate is stored in plants, is an important food, and is used also in adhesives, in laundering, and in pharmacy and medicine
2
: a stiff formal manner : formality
3

Medical Definition

starch

noun
: a white odorless tasteless granular or powdery complex carbohydrate (C6H10O5)x that is the chief storage form of carbohydrate in plants, is an important foodstuff, has demulcent and absorbent properties, and is used in pharmacy especially as a dusting powder and as a constituent of ointments and pastes

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