\ 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

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Phase 3 ups the daily carb intake to 50 to 80 grams — where starchy veggies, more fruits, and whole grains are added to the plan. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, "Keto vs. Atkins: Here's What RDs Say About Picking the Right Diet for You," 10 Dec. 2018 Mostly poultry, eggs, avocados, butter, non-starchy veggies, oils, nuts, and seeds. Kimberly Mugler, Rd, Ldn,, "A dietitian weighs in on the Ketogenic diet for weight loss," 13 Mar. 2018 It’s time to take a break from clean lines and starchy collars, and opt for a blouse with a big personality and a lot more to offer. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Forget Basic Button-Downs: These Shirts Make a Statement and Still Go With Everything," 6 Feb. 2019 The foods recommended fall low on the glycemic index and include lean protein and non-starchy vegetables, plus a bit of healthy fats, fruit, and complex carbs. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 This means making half your plate non-starchy vegetables, one quarter protein, and one quarter carbohydrates. SELF, "PSA: Healthy Eating Should Include Mental and Social Health, Too.," 11 Jan. 2019 These starchy nuts pack in a surprising dose of fiber, vitamin C, and important minerals like copper and potassium. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "4 Surprising Health Benefits of Chestnuts," 13 Dec. 2018 These starchy potato pancakes are a staple for many Jews during Hanukkah. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Shedding Light on the Perfect Potato for Hanukkah Latkes," 2 Dec. 2018 Brian Powell/Stocksy For centuries, Japanese women have washed their hair with rice water—yes, as in the starchy stuff drained from the pots in their kitchen—to stimulate growth, make strands stronger, and improve scalp health. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, ""Hair Water" Is the Ancient Japanese Beauty Trend Making a Big Comeback Right Now," 23 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of starchy

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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to affect and impair by alcohol or a drug

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