strew

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

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Examples of strew in a Sentence

She strewed the birdseed on the ground. sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers

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The investigators did an initial assessment, interviewing the co-worker and noting a pizza in the kitchen, some pieces covered in foil and others strewn on the floor. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case," 5 Oct. 2018 Many people related to the photo, which showed baby blankets, wipes, and changing supplies strewn on the floor, after Joanna spent a late night up with her infant son, Crew. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Reveals Where To Buy Everything In Baby Crew's Nursery," 6 Aug. 2018 Other things strewed on their property was a highway barricade with flashers, a 25 mile speed limit sign, an empty gallon of grass killer, and feces on their driveway. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Delafield homeowner shocked by extensive vandalism at his home: 'This wasn't just a prank'," 28 June 2018 The floors of the shop are strewn with food and restaurant supplies. Jared Gilmour, star-telegram, "Ice cream shop wouldn’t give her a refund. She started throwing cakes, Texas cops say," 18 June 2018 The road sloped downhill, and there, on the canyon floor, were the tiled terra-cotta roofs of Cherven village, strewn on either side of the Cherni Lom River. Henry Wismayer, WSJ, "Undiscovered Europe: A Vacation Like No Other," 23 May 2018 By Wednesday, that particular photo had disappeared, but the account, which has posted a slew of equally disturbing images including executions and dead bodies strewn on the sidewalk, remained live. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Gruesome Jihadi Content Still Flourishes on Facebook and Google+," 17 May 2018 However, by day’s end, they are strewn about and sometimes knocked over. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Lawyer suing e-scooter companies calls user agreements “draconian”," 23 Oct. 2018 Vardakostas delivered his pitch in his childhood bedroom; Lemnos partner Helen Boniske remembers that physics books were strewn on the floor. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018

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

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strew

verb

English Language Learners Definition of strew

: to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface
literary : to lie on or cover (something)

strew

verb
\ 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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