\ 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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Protesters sprayed slogans in the main chamber, tore down and bashed portraits of legislative leaders and tipped over file cabinets in offices, strewing papers on the floors. Washington Post, "Hong Kong lawmaker: China may boost pressure after violence," 5 July 2019 Yes, there are ash trays and cigarette packs strewn around the consoles. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Apollo veteran overwhelmed by restored mission control—“I hear the voices”," 1 July 2019 Trash was strewn throughout the yard of the vacant house, police said. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester police charge woman with neglecting small dog," 12 June 2019 Across the street, one of the columns of a neighbor’s home was collapsed and debris from the plane was strewn throughout the street. Amy Taxin, The Seattle Times, "Neighbors: Plane ‘sounded like a missile’ as it broke apart," 5 Feb. 2019 While there are wigs aplenty strewn about The Act‘s eight-episode run, there’s only one delicious wig reveal, which occurs after Dee Dee tracks down a runaway Gypsy to a potential suitor’s home. Joey Nolfi,, "The best wig reveals of 2019 so far," 24 June 2019 Hours after the shooting, the crime scene looked like a trashed party with garbage strewn about, chairs overturned and several party items left behind in a field. Hollie Silverman, Julia Jones And Tina Burnside, CNN, "Police looking for suspects after shooting at graduation party kills one," 17 June 2019 Officers positioned placards over shell casings, in the double digits, that were strewn underneath the car, on the sidewalk’s grass and next to the curb. Alice Yin,, "Shooter opens fire with semi-automatic weapon, wounding 2 men outside Marquette Park barbershop," 9 June 2019 The bus was quickly engulfed in flames as a powerful blast swept through the city streets, blowing out its windows and strewing debris everywhere. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Natural Gas-Powered Bus Explodes After Colliding With Low Tunnel Overpass," 14 Mar. 2019

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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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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)


\ 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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