- to let fall in separate pieces or particles over a surface; scatter or sprinkle: to strew seed in a garden bed.
- to cover or overspread (a surface, place, etc.) with something scattered or sprinkled: to strew a floor with sawdust.
- to be scattered or sprinkled over (a surface): Sawdust strewed the floor.
- to spread widely; disseminate: to strew rumors among the troops.
Origin of strew
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Examples from the Web for strew
Dip each fish into the egg, and then strew them with bread crumbs.
Powder the sugar, and strew it in layers between the slices of pine-apple.
It would be impious to strew our mother's bones along the way.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
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Take the largest broad mushrooms, break them into an earthen pan, strew salt over, and stir them occasionally for three days.
Clean and wash some currants, and make them plump before the fire: then strew them over the syllabub, and it will be fit for use.
- to spread or scatter or be spread or scattered, as over a surface or area
Word Origin and History for strew
Old English streowian, from Proto-Germanic *straujanan (cf. Old Saxon stroian, Old Norse stra, Danish strø, Swedish strö, Middle Dutch strowen, Dutch strooien, Old High German strouwen, German streuen, Gothic straujan "to sprinkle, strew"), from PIE root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)).