- a white, tasteless, solid carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, occurring in the form of minute granules in the seeds, tubers, and other parts of plants, and forming an important constituent of rice, corn, wheat, beans, potatoes, and many other vegetable foods.
- a commercial preparation of this substance used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering.
- starches, foods rich in natural starch.
- stiffness or formality, as of manner: He is so full of starch he can't relax.
- Informal. vigor; energy; stamina; boldness.
- to stiffen or treat with starch.
- to make stiff or rigidly formal (sometimes followed by up).
Origin of starch
Examples from the Web for starched
I asked, as I admired their beautiful silk outfits and their starched white faces and hair sculpted around their pretty faces.Bar-Hopping With the Kyoto Geisha
September 1, 2014
The comfort of stretch wool and jersey were lost in the starched silhouettes.New York Fashion Week: Top-Trends Roundup
February 17, 2012
He wears sandals and has discarded the abomination of starched linen.Mountain Meditations
His starched collars and got-up shirt-fronts were achievements of character.Heart of Darkness
The best account we have of the starched ruff is by a man who wrote to abuse it.
Neither it nor any other portion of the child's clothing should be starched.The Physical Life of Woman:
Dr. George H Napheys
As well expect a breadth of starched brown holland to nestle.The Return of Peter Grimm
- a polysaccharide composed of glucose units that occurs widely in plant tissues in the form of storage granules, consisting of amylose and amylopectinRelated adjective: amylaceous
- Also called: amylum a starch obtained from potatoes and some grain: it is fine white powder that forms a translucent viscous solution on boiling with water and is used to stiffen fabric and in many industrial processes
- any food containing a large amount of starch, such as rice and potatoes
- stiff or pompous formality of manner or conduct
- (tr) to stiffen with or soak in starch
- (of a person) formal; stiff
Word Origin and History for starched
c.1400, from Old English *stercan (Mercian), *stiercan (West Saxon) "make rigid," found in stercedferhð "fixed, hard, resolute" (related to stearc "stiff"), from Proto-Germanic *starkijanan (cf. German Stärke "strength, starch"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see stark). Related: Starched; starching.
"pasty substance used to stiffen cloth," mid-15c., from starch (v.). Figurative sense of "stiffness of manner" is recorded from 1705.
- A naturally abundant nutrient carbohydrate found chiefly in the seeds, fruits, tubers, roots, and stem pith of plants, and commonly prepared as a white, amorphous, tasteless powder used in powders, ointments, and pastes.amylum
- A food having a high content of starch, such as rice, bread, and potatoes.
- A carbohydrate that is the chief form of stored energy in plants, especially wheat, corn, rice, and potatoes. Starch is a mixture of two different polysaccharides built out of glucose units, and forms a white, tasteless powder when purified. It is an important source of nutrition and is also used to make adhesives, paper, and textiles.
- Any of various substances, including natural starch, used to stiffen fabrics.