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 strawy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for straw

Synonyms: Adjective

blond (or blonde), fair, flaxen, golden, sandy, tawny

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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

Sign up to get the free kit, which contains a stainless steel straw, cleaning wand and carrying case, for free. Doreen Christensen, sun-sentinel.com, "Free reusable straw from the World Wildlife Fund," 9 Sep. 2019 With a straw, blow out one of the candles, but keep the others burning. Svenja Lohner, Scientific American, "Make a Candle Flame Jump," 5 Sep. 2019 And Harris also came out in favor of a ban on plastic straws, which advocates say contribute to massive amounts of plastic clogging the earth’s oceans. Casey Tolan, The Mercury News, "Kamala Harris lays out $10 trillion plan to fight climate change, says she’d ban plastic straws," 4 Sep. 2019 Over warm water, the fueling tropical depression will suck up more warm, moist water vapor like a straw, making the system stronger and condensing the dry, low-pressure into the center. Sarah Gibbens, National Geographic, "How warm oceans supercharge deadly hurricanes," 4 Sep. 2019 My hair is thin and friable, the color of damp straw, my neck ropy and straining. Summer Block, Longreads, "Better Late," 23 Aug. 2019 Police recovered suspected crack cocaine, suspected marijuana, a short straw, a metal spoon and a knife. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland.com, "Trespassing suspect found with 3 watches: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 10 Aug. 2019 The package’s serving suggestion is chilled or over ice, but astronauts would’ve squeezed water into the pouch containing the powder, mixed it to the best of their ability, then enjoyed, through a straw, at space-vehicle-compartment temperature. Bethany Jean Clement, Twin Cities, "Tang went to the moon and is still popular today (but not in the good old USA)," 20 July 2019 Diners can still receive those items upon request, and restaurants can offer them, other than straws, at self-service areas. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Want a lid with your coffee? In SF, you may have to ask," 11 July 2019

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

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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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