\ 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 starchy (audio) \ adverb
starchiness \ ˈstär-​chē-​nəs How to pronounce starchy (audio) \ noun

Examples of starchy in a Sentence

a starchy and demanding teacher
Recent Examples on the Web From starchy oversized nightshirts to slinky silk negligees, the perfect summer-weight sleepwear is out there waiting for you, begging to be worn 24 hours a day. Madeline Swanson, Vogue, "Stay Cool and Comfortable in a Pair of Lightweight Summer Pajamas," 30 Apr. 2021 While everyone else was making a cake for the first time, my boyfriend and I made fresh pasta, using the starchy water in bread dough the day after. Nandini Balial, Wired, "How Stardew Valley Bridged a Connection to My Grandfather," 26 Apr. 2021 In addition to cleaning, the starchy rice water is also an excellent water conditioner. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Surprise! Leftover Rice Water Is the Magical Multi-Purpose Cleaner We've Been Disregarding for Years," 12 Apr. 2021 The most common sweet potato in North America sports mahogany skin and intensely orange flesh, but the starchy root vegetable comes in many shades worldwide, from the purple Okinawan sweet potato to white-fleshed varieties like the Hannah. Rachel Boller,, "What are the health benefits of sweet potatoes?," 23 Mar. 2021 The Guidelines count fruit juice as a serving of fruit, and recommend up to five cups of starchy vegetables per week. Washington Post, "Which fruits and vegetables should count toward your ‘5 a day’? New study has answers.," 18 Mar. 2021 No soaking the cashews overnight, no cooking and mashing a starchy orange vegetable, no preservatives or emulsifiers. Carina Finn, Bon Appétit, "How to Make the Creamiest Vegan ‘Cheese’ Sauce," 7 Apr. 2021 But until those occur, Johnston sees no harm in using vinegar to control blood sugars after starchy meals. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Apple cider vinegar and weight loss -- what the experts say," 24 Mar. 2021 At a moment when the study of classics struggles to escape its starchy, imperialist legacy, Ms. Southon’s cheeky enthusiasm feels like the path of salvation. James Romm, WSJ, "‘A Fatal Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum’ Review: Et tu, Brute?," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of starchy

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Starchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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