- 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 strewn
When Louise and Bibi returned to their home, they found it strewn with ammunition and pockmarked with mortar craters.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Now those are destroyed, too, and the animals are strewn about, bloating and stinking, as if in a tableau of “Guernica.”Inside the Gaza Schoolyard Massacre
July 26, 2014
Wires hang from its ceiling, its marble floors are chipped and trash is strewn across the dusty corridors.Egypt To Newspapers: Support The Army Or Else
February 27, 2014
Unarmed women and men of all ages with bullet wounds were strewn across the floor.Interview With Canadian Filmmaker John Greyson Following His Release from Cairo's Tora Prison
October 11, 2013
The floor beneath, strewn with broken glass, was stained with blood.A Bloody Assassination Attempt in Egypt
September 5, 2013
It was strewn with pink buds; some just opening into beauty, some half-blown.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
At the impetuous outflinging of her hands, the floor was strewn with pink petals.The Bacillus of Beauty
The hallways were strewn with straw and the litter of packing.In the Valley
The steamer's deck was covered with ice, over which sand had been strewn.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
The trackside was strewn with disemboweled whitewood barrels.The Law-Breakers
- to spread or scatter or be spread or scattered, as over a surface or area
Word Origin and History for strewn
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.)).