straw

noun
\ ˈstrȯ How to pronounce straw (audio) \

Definition of straw

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a(1) : something of small worth or significance
(2) : something too insubstantial to provide support or help in a desperate situation clutching at straws
4a : something (such as a hat) made of straw
b : a tube (as of paper, plastic, or glass) for sucking up a beverage
straw in the wind
: a slight fact that is an indication of a coming event

straw

adjective

Definition of straw (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from straw

Noun

strawy \ ˈstrȯ-​ē How to pronounce straw (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for straw

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of straw in a Sentence

Noun He was chewing on a straw. He asked for a straw for his iced tea. She drank the juice through a straw. Adjective the cheese maker told us that the best Parmesan cheeses are straw, not white, in color
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tyson spends a few scenes under a big straw hat that hides half her face. New York Times, "Cicely Tyson Kept It Together So We Didn’t Fall Apart," 29 Jan. 2021 This brisk chenin blanc has aromas of damson plum, cantaloupe, wild chamomile and fresh straw, with flavors of quince, pear, walnuts and honeycomb. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "6 Pacific Northwest wine surprises from 2020," 23 Jan. 2021 But last week’s violent assault on Congress was one straw too many. Washington Post, "On the Suffering of the World," 13 Jan. 2021 All three drinks are topped with a splash of Topo Chico and served in disposable cups rimmed with Chamoy and chile along with a fruity garnish and playful curlicue straw. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Embrace the boozy aguas frescas at downtown San Antonio bar Tony’s Siesta," 29 Dec. 2020 Gobert later tested positive, the straw that shut down the NBA season and, in turn, the entire sports world. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Column: 2020 was a grind for us all — but it had its moments. Here’s a look at some of the best and worst, from Anthony Rizzo’s hand sanitizer to a Big Ten fabrication.," 28 Dec. 2020 But the targets of these attacks are straw men, and emerge from a dangerously outdated view of the world. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "The Urgent Case for Shrinking the Economy," 28 Dec. 2020 The light between the ricks of hay and straw Was a hole in Heaven’s gable. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "The Content of Our Christmases," 25 Dec. 2020 The senior is now leading the straw polls and gambling odds to become the first receiver in decades to claim college football’s top individual prize. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The topic of least interest to Alabama’s Heisman contenders," 23 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The nation's largest auto finance company has dropped its lawsuit against auto dealer Russ Darrow over loans to what turned out to be straw buyers of luxury vehicles destined for China via a con man's business. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Finance firm drops suit against Russ Darrow dealership over straw buyers for fugitive con man," 24 Apr. 2018 The nation's largest auto finance company has dropped its lawsuit against auto dealer Russ Darrow over loans to what turned out to be straw buyers of luxury vehicles destined for China via a con man's business. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Finance firm drops suit against Russ Darrow dealership over straw buyers for fugitive con man," 24 Apr. 2018 Straw bags with pom-pom accents are sure to please. NOLA.com, "4 cool new shops and galleries to discover around New Orleans," 8 July 2017 Straw blinds go up to the ceiling, concealing the fact that the windows are much shorter. Lisa Cregan, House Beautiful, "An Empty "White Cube" Apartment Gets Its Masterpiece Theatre Moment," 19 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of straw

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for straw

Noun

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

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Time Traveler for straw

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The first known use of straw was before the 12th century

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16 Feb 2021

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“Straw.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/straw. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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straw

noun

English Language Learners Definition of straw

: 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

noun
\ ˈstrȯ How to pronounce straw (audio) \

Kids Definition of straw

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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