\ 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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Truly the beach presented a gruesome spectacle the following day, strewn for a mile and a half with dead bodies. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A storm exposed children’s bones on a Canadian beach, reviving a 170-year-old mystery," 13 June 2019 The next morning, his office couch is thickly strewn with open books on industrial design and art: Constantin Brancusi, Michael Heizer. Nathan Heller, Vogue, "A Day in Paris with Rick Owens, Fashion’s Coolest Iconoclast," 12 Feb. 2019 North Koreans working at the company, which is included in the U.N. sanctions, left so abruptly the building is strewn with their detritus. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Never Take Their Photos: Tracking the Commandos, North Korea’s Secret Export," 9 Dec. 2018 The path leading to the mausoleum's door had been strewn with white rose petals. Mike Scott,, "Al Copeland: always spicy, never mild: 1 of 300," 10 Jan. 2018 The photos get weirder and weirder, as objects like a bottle of perfume, an undressed salad, an empty mug, a suspiciously blue martini, dry oatmeal, and even a random hot dog are strewn across the tray. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Okay, So This is Definitely NOT What Bath Trays Are Meant For," 26 Mar. 2019 Despite the clothes strewn around the room and leftover takeout on plates, the room had a pleasant, fruity smell. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "After 5 weeks in a Seattle church, undocumented immigrant says he still has hope," 6 Aug. 2018 Out in the crowd, a gaggle of dancers, many of whom looked like mini-Rockys, interacted with the crowd and various mannequins strewn around the room. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "At Sotheby’s, ASAP Rocky Breaks Out of the Box," 25 May 2018 At that time the SPCA was not aware of the dead and decomposing bodies of horses strewn around a creek bed on the property. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Amid ‘a sea of dead horses,’ 87 animals seized from East Texas pastures, SPCA says | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 Apr. 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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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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