\ ˈstär-chē How to pronounce starchy (audio) \
starchier; starchiest

Definition of starchy

1 : containing, consisting of, or resembling starch starchy foods
2 : formal, stiff a starchy lawyer

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Other Words from starchy

starchily \ ˈstär-​chə-​lē How to pronounce starchily (audio) \ adverb
starchiness \ ˈstär-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce starchiness (audio) \ noun

Examples of starchy in a Sentence

a starchy and demanding teacher
Recent Examples on the Web Even though both are starchy tubers, sweet potatoes and yams are not the same species or even in the same family. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Are yams and sweet potatoes the same? 5 questions answered about the Thanksgiving favorite," 4 Nov. 2020 The fried batter offers not just texture, but adds a bit of savory, starchy flavor to each bite, even after the wings have been tossed in sauce. Nick Kindelsperger,, "Craving: Chicago’s best wings — for football watching and election results obsessing," 2 Nov. 2020 Garten’s recipes tend to stay on the Western side of comfort cooking, i.e. starchy and creamy, with recipes like chicken pot pie and split pea soup. Tara Duggan,, "5 recipes to bring comfort, from Hainanese chicken rice to stewed short ribs with adobo," 30 Oct. 2020 The diet's literally named after fiber, so the nutrient is a person's best friend on the diet: That means fruits, non-starchy vegetables, legumes, and select whole grains like high-fiber cereal and bulgur, per the website. Christine Byrne,, "What Is the F-Factor Diet, and Is it Safe? Here's What Nutritionists Say," 21 Sep. 2020 Home cooks have probably read about the importance of remembering to reserve a little starchy pasta water to punch up the flavor and texture of your pasta. oregonlive, "L’Unico Alimentari makes some of Portland’s best pasta, from a food cart," 9 Sep. 2020 Some residents treat internal haemorrhages by bathing in the starchy water potatoes have been boiled in. Mark Johanson, The Economist, "Food Mash hits: the land that spawned the supermarket spud," 28 Aug. 2020 The first phase of the diet asks you to severely limit starches and starchy vegetables, most dairy, and fatty meats for the first two weeks of progress. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What Is the F-Factor Diet? Everything You Need to Know About the Weight-Loss Plan," 26 Aug. 2020 Boiling with enmity, Tess leaps into desperate revenge hook-ups and arranging the starchy wedding Cathy wants little to do with at all. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Other One': TV Review," 10 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of starchy

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2020

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“Starchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of starchy

: containing, consisting of, or resembling starch
: very formal and serious in behavior


\ ˈstär-chē How to pronounce starchy (audio) \
starchier; starchiest

Kids Definition of starchy

: like or containing starch A potato is a starchy vegetable.


\ ˈstär-chē How to pronounce starchy (audio) \
starchier; starchiest

Medical Definition of starchy

: containing, consisting of, or resembling starch starchy foods

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