\ 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

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Sauteed garlic and the starchy cohort of pasta cooking water complete just enough of a sauce to coat a slightly thicker noodle like fettuccine. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "This lighter fettuccine still delivers the cheesy, creamy goodness we crave," 3 Sep. 2019 Focus of fruits and vegetables as your main source of carbohydrates, with limited amounts of the starchy ones (like bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, cereal). NBC News, "Dr. Fernstrom: 7 ways women can boost their brainpower," 13 June 2019 In contrast to his better-off peers, who chafed against their starchy upbringing, Renoir was bourgeois by aspiration, not by birth. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "Renoir’s Problem Nudes," 19 Aug. 2019 Sweet foods, like whole grains, starchy vegetables, and honey, have a soothing effect on the body. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "What Is the Ayurvedic Diet—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 12 Aug. 2019 To avoid this, try breathable knits and free yourself from starchy poplins and stiff denim. Vogue, "Summer’s Hottest Month is Here, How to Beat the Heat Without Wearing a Dress," 2 Aug. 2019 There is a subtlety and grace to this handsomely dressed production, but also a kind of starchy restraint that feels more timid than tasteful. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Uncle Vanya': Theater Review," 31 July 2019 The jerk meat is usually accompanied by starchy breadfruit, yam and a barely-sweet cruller called festival. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Taking a family vacation to Jamaica? 10 reasons to leave your all-inclusive resort," 29 July 2019 The cup of multi-layered goodness delivers an entire dessert menu worth of textures and flavors: custardy, chewy, icy, milky, creamy, and starchy-sweet. Amanda Shapiro, Bon Appétit, "The Halo-Halo at Philadelphia’s Sarvida Is 5 Layers of Perfection," 18 July 2019

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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 make a temporary encampment

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