\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web The floor, covered with brown linoleum, was divided into squares by white grid lines and strewn with pieces of chalk and balls of string. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘A Game of Birds and Wolves’ Review: The Invention of the Raspberry," 21 Feb. 2020 Among the more novel noodles are ricotta cavatelli strewn with what the tongue registers as fiery ’nduja but the kitchen here makes from toasted spices and a touch of sugar simmered in cream. Washington Post, "Emilie’s, from chef Kevin Tien, brings some good news to the Hill," 5 Feb. 2020 So in the summer of 2018, Elrod settled in at his desk, strewn with brass valves, a pressure tester and a smiling jade Buddha from a Chinese supplier, and began typing. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, "How Trump’s Trade War Is Making Lobbyists Rich And Slamming Small Businesses," 6 Jan. 2020 Nofoagatoto’a recently shared via social media an old photo from American Samoa, which showed himself and former youth football teammate Mataio Soli, now at Arkansas, sitting on a practice field strewn with rocks. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU football: Journey to Gator Bowl is long and 'surreal' for defensive linemen," 31 Dec. 2019 The dais where elected officials conduct public meetings is strewn with nautical rope. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Murder in a tourist town: Firefighter’s death shakes Lauderdale-by-the-Sea," 1 Nov. 2019 From this high, narrow vantage the Kims, a resilient family of four, peer onto a grubby Seoul street strewn with garbage bags and electrical wires — an ugly view made worse by a drunk who often turns up to relieve himself right outside. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Thrilling and devastating, ‘Parasite’ is one of the year’s very best movies," 9 Oct. 2019 His wallet was among the debris strewn in every direction at the accident scene. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio disc jockey sends positive message across airwaves," 6 Jan. 2020 The local industry grew enough to sustain a portraiture business run by a young photographer named Cassius Jones Young, the researchers found, as evidenced by the bits of picture frames, glass plates and chemical bottles strewn throughout the soil. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Find Hair Dye Bottles Used by Self-Conscious Civil War Soldiers Posing for Portraits," 5 Dec. 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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The first known use of strew was before the 12th century

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25 Feb 2020

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“Strew.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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