\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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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 According to the Dietary Guidelines: Healthy eating patterns include a variety of vegetables from all of the five vegetable subgroups — dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy and other. NBC News, "How I learned to love (or at least tolerate) vegetables," 26 Mar. 2018 While some fresh pea varieties can be eaten raw, others are more starchy and need heat for their flavors to come alive. Birmingham Magazine,, "2 spring-ready recipes for English peas," 13 Apr. 2018 And while a detour around the starchy chaos was probably the best solution for most commuters, there's always the option to make use of the jam to just grab a spud and trying to make some engine-block hash browns. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "25-Ton Spud Spill Closes North Carolina Highway," 6 May 2016 The key here is to use the starchy pasta water to bring the elements together; the artichokes themselves don’t exude enough liquid to create a sauce. Melissa Clark, charlotteobserver, "Diving into the delicious mess that is the artichoke | Charlotte Observer," 15 May 2018 Going for rolls or to sushi restaurants where the proportion of fish to rice is higher is an additional way to get more healthy, filling protein and less of these starchy carbs. Sophia Gottfried, Time, "Is Sushi Healthy? Here’s Everything You Need to Know," 18 Apr. 2018 First off, the French fries are unmistakably English chips: twice-fried wedges that are steamy and starchy on the inside. Pete Wells, New York Times, "Chez Ma Tante, Where Falafel and Kedgeree Live in Harmony," 27 Mar. 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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