\ ˈstrü How to pronounce strew (audio) \
strewed; strewed or strewn\ ˈstrün How to pronounce strew (audio) \; strewing

Definition of strew

transitive verb

1 : to spread by scattering
2 : to cover by or as if by scattering something strewing the highways with litter
3 : to become dispersed over as if scattered
4 : to spread abroad : disseminate

Examples of strew in a Sentence

She strewed the birdseed on the ground. sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers
Recent Examples on the Web Some people delicately strew petals; this was a thicket. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2021 In his prime, Dove’s crooning — his ballads could melt a lady’s heart — prompted female fans to strew the stage with everything from hotel keys to their underwear. Mike Klingaman,, 16 Sep. 2021 Outside the house on the rest of the property, debris and fallen trees -- including four century-old magnolias -- were strew across the area. CNN, 31 Aug. 2021 Haywood hopes to display the items in the café and will permanently add two items -- the Irish strew and Welsh rarebit, to the menu. Sara Spary, CNN, 6 May 2021 Pile in a serving dish, strew with scallions and serve hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges. New York Times, 30 Jan. 2021 Season generously with black pepper, and strew the thyme and/or oregano leaves on top. Leslie Brenner, Dallas News, 26 Aug. 2020 But marbling is only the first step of the process: Once the paper is dry, Schneider applies it to lampshades, boxes, switchplates, and more, finishing it with a metallic rim, traces of which are strewn around the Shandell's workshop. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 27 Feb. 2020 In one photo, a mattress sits on the floor and orange bedsheets are strewn around the room. Eric Levenson, CNN, 6 Jan. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of strew

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

History and Etymology for strew

Middle English strewen, strowen, from Old English strewian, strēowian; akin to Old High German strewen to strew, Latin struere to heap up, sternere to spread out, Greek stornynai

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\ ˈstrü How to pronounce strew (audio) \
strewed; strewed or strewn\ ˈstrün \; strewing

Kids Definition of strew

1 : scatter sense 1 … his house and yard were disgracefully dirty with rusty tin cans strewn about …— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses
2 : to spread by scattering I strewed crumbs for the birds.
3 : to cover by or as if by scattering something Drivers strewed the highway with litter.

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