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straw

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noun \ ˈstrȯ \

Definition of straw

1 a :stalks of grain after threshing; broadly :dry stalky plant residue used like grain straw (as for bedding or packing)
b :a natural or artificial heavy fiber used for weaving, plaiting, or braiding
2 :a dry coarse stem especially of a cereal grass
3 a (1) :something of small worth or significance
(2) :something too insubstantial to provide support or help in a desperate situation
  • clutching at straws
b :chaff 2
4 a :something (such as a hat) made of straw
b :a tube (as of paper, plastic, or glass) for sucking up a beverage

strawy

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straw in the wind
:a slight fact that is an indication of a coming event

Examples of straw in a Sentence

  1. He was chewing on a straw.

  2. He asked for a straw for his iced tea.

  3. She drank the juice through a straw.

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Origin and Etymology of straw

Middle English, from Old English strēaw; akin to Old High German strō straw, Old English strewian to strew

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straw

adjective

Definition of straw

1 :made of straw
  • a straw hat
2 :of, relating to, or used for straw
  • a straw barn
3 :of the color of straw :pale yellow in color
  • straw hair
4 :of little or no value :worthless
5 :of, relating to, resembling, or being a straw man
6 :of, relating to, or concerned with the discovery of preferences by means of a straw vote

Examples of straw in a Sentence

  1. the cheese maker told us that the best Parmesan cheeses are straw, not white, in color

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First Known Use of straw

15th century

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STRAW Defined for English Language Learners

straw

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noun

Definition of straw for English Language Learners

  • : the dry stems of wheat and other grain plants

  • : a single dry stem of a grain plant

  • : a thin tube used for sucking up a drink


STRAW Defined for Kids

straw

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noun \ ˈstrȯ \

Definition of straw for Students

1 :dry plant stems (as of grain after threshing)
  • a mat of straw
2 :a slender tube for sucking up a beverage


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