[ bih-stroo ]
/ bɪˈstru /

verb (used with object), be·strewed, be·strewed or be·strewn, be·strew·ing.

to strew or cover (a surface).
to strew or scatter about.
to lie scattered over.

Origin of bestrew

before 1000; Middle English bistrewen, Old English bestrēowian. See be-, strew Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bestrew

  • Without any signs of dizziness or staggering, he walked between the boulders which bestrew the path.

    The Wolf Cub|Patrick Casey
  • He kept sending flowers, as if to bestrew the path of his retreat, which was never the path of a return.

    The Pupil|Henry James
  • Brush over with butter and bestrew with sugar, cinnamon, and currants.

British Dictionary definitions for bestrew


/ (bɪˈstruː) /

verb -strews, -strewing, -strewed, -strewn or -strewed

(tr) to scatter or lie scattered over (a surface)
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