strew

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From Middle English strewen, strawen, streowen, from Old English strewian, strēawian, strēowian (to strew, scatter), from Proto-Germanic *strawjaną (to strew), from Proto-Indo-European *strew- (to spread, scatter). Cognate with Scots strow, straw (to strew), West Frisian streauwe (to strew), Dutch strooien (to strew, scatter, sprinkle), German streuen (to strew, scatter), Swedish strö (to strew), Icelandic strá (to strew), Norwegian Nynorsk strå (to strew).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /stɹuː/ 
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  • (US) IPA(key): /stɹu/
  • Rhymes: -uː

Verb[edit]

strew (third-person singular simple present strews, present participle strewing, simple past strewed, past participle strewn or strewed)

  1. (archaic except strewn) To distribute objects or pieces of something over an area, especially in a random manner.
    to strew sand over a floor
  2. (archaic except strewn) To cover, or lie upon, by having been scattered.
    Leaves strewed the ground.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To spread abroad; to disseminate.

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strew

  1. Alternative form of straw