strew

verb \ ˈstrü \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of strew

strewed; strewed or strewn play \ˈstrün\; strewing
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

  1. She strewed the birdseed on the ground.

  2. sidewalks strewed with trash left by the parade watchers

Recent Examples of strew from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'strew.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of 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

strew Synonyms


STREW Defined for English Language Learners

strew

verb

Definition of strew for English Language Learners

  • : to spread or scatter things over or on the ground or some other surface

  • : to lie on or cover (something)


STREW Defined for Kids

strew

verb \ ˈstrü \

Definition of strew for Students

strewed; strewed or strewn \ˈstrün\; strewing
1 :scatter 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.


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up strew? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a blind with adjustable horizontal slats

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!