\ ˈstär-chē \
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 \ adverb
starchiness \ ˈstär-​chē-​nəs \ noun

Examples of starchy in a Sentence

a starchy and demanding teacher

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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 The women of the 2018 Woman's Day Live Longer and Stronger Challenge are shedding pounds by substituting processed, starchy ingredients with nutrient-rich alternatives. Isabel Garcia, Woman's Day, "The Recipe That Helped Me Finally Lose Weight," 8 Nov. 2018 At dinner, Kinnaird and her husband usually do a simple protein like chicken, fish, or shrimp with salad or a non-starchy veggie like broccoli or cauliflower. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "The Simple Diet Change That Helped One Woman Get Her Diabetes Under Control," 15 Oct. 2018 The main course, Tatenda’s chicken stew and sadza, a starchy, polenta-like mass for dipping, is gone in seconds. Grant Cornett, Vogue, "The Rise of Refugee Cuisine—a Food-World Trend to Feel Good About," 17 Aug. 2018 Because it is picked early, sweet corn is sweet, rather than starchy, which reflects a higher percentage of sugar. Cassie Armstrong,, "Corn on the Cob Day: How to observe in Central Florida," 11 June 2018 There’s an onion in it, tomatoes, and often bulgur or rice to thicken it, since the red lentils aren’t as starchy as other varieties. Sheryl Julian,, "Along Norwood’s Automile, outstanding Turkish cuisine at Gyro & Kebab House," 7 May 2018

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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 \
starchier; starchiest

Kids Definition of starchy

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


\ ˈstär-chē \
starchier; starchiest

Medical Definition of starchy 

: containing, consisting of, or resembling starch starchy foods

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