\ 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

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 To maintain a certain breeziness in his navy suits, Mr. Kagan buttons up a chambray shirt instead of a staunchly starchy one. Jamie Waters, WSJ, 13 May 2022 After all, satisfyingly starchy meals are never far away with this essential skill in your back pocket. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 23 Apr. 2022 Classic risotto is made with starchy medium-grain Italian rice, such as Arborio or carnaroli. Christopher Kimball, USA TODAY, 19 Apr. 2022 Prison Blues is an American workwear brand selling starchy blue jeans and rigid trucker jackets for around $50. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 13 Apr. 2022 Ethanol is made from the fermentation of starchy plants, usually corn. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 12 Apr. 2022 This grain is very starchy, lending a sticky quality that is synonymous with kakanin. Dorothy Hernandez, CNN, 25 Feb. 2022 Refined grains, on the other hand, have had the bran and the germ removed during processing, according to the FDA, leaving only the starchy endosperm. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 14 Jan. 2022 Whole food carbs: Whole food carbs include fresh or frozen fruit; starchy veggies like potatoes; and whole grains, including oats, brown rice, and quinoa. Cynthia Sass, Rd,, 29 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of starchy

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 May 2022

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“Starchy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for starchy


\ 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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