\ 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 Last night, hairstylist Chris Appleton took to Instagram to share a snap of J Lo's latest haircut: a shoulder-skimming bronde chop run through with baby blonde highlights that skewed more sand-strewn than winter-is-coming. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez’s New Haircut Brings Summertime Swagger to the Holiday Season," 12 Nov. 2019 Debris littered the home, according to the report, and police said beer cans were strewn across the apartment, noting medication bottles in the home's kitchen. Htv National Desk, Houston Chronicle, "Woman found dead in home was likely killed by her own Great Danes, police say," 5 Nov. 2019 Forget your basic spiderweb material that all your neighbors have strewn about their yards. oregonlive, "8 actually disturbing Halloween decorations you can get on Amazon," 18 Sep. 2019 Menus are multiple pages on clipboards, which are strewn about tables and tend to have missing sheets. Michael Mayo,, "Review: Good pizza and creative beer at 3 Sons Brewing in Dania Beach," 5 Sep. 2019 Crews shut down Albany Avenue near Flagg Road at about 3:20 p.m. after a tree fell and power lines were strewn across the road, firefighters said. Christine Dempsey,, "Severe thunderstorms leave some power outages, minor damage across Connecticut," 31 July 2019 Ancient bones were strewn about on the floor of the cave, but those held only mild interest for the team. Quanta Magazine, "Ancient DNA Yields Snapshots of Vanished Ecosystems," 29 May 2019 There was a set of wooden counters, what looked like a sizable bar, but all of it was abandoned now, strewn with trash and empty bottles. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, "Harbor," 9 Sep. 2019 Beside the hall was a grassy area strewn with chairs, desks and other debris several feet high. NBC News, "In Abaco Islands, lives shattered by Hurricane Dorian's devastation to the Bahamas," 8 Sep. 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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18 Nov 2019

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“Strew.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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